An Interim Nutrient Neutral Mitigation Strategy was approved by the council on 29 November 2019.

The strategy provides a robust framework through which planning applications can achieve 'Nutrient Neutrality'. The strategy helps applicants address the uncertainty relating to the impacts of additional waste water outputs on the water environment of protected habitats in the Solent. The strategy includes guidance on what types of development require mitigation, mitigation options and developer contributions.

All applications and proposed mitigation will still be assessed by the council on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Natural England.

The following documents are available:


Appendix 3 and 5 will be uploaded when available.

The council, together with other local authorities within the Solent catchment area, will continue to investigate a range of possible mitigation options, with a strong preference for schemes capable of delivering wider environmental benefits. Discussions will also continue with government agencies and the wastewater industry on addressing the sources of nitrate pollution.