Date published: 29th March 2022

On March 16 2022, Natural England issued guidance to local planning authorities concerning nutrient neutrality and the role it has to play in preventing further adverse impacts to protected wetland habitats as a result of nutrient enrichment.

This guidance relates to the catchment areas of the River Wensum Special Area of Conservation and the Broads Special Area of Conservation and RAMSAR. These conservation areas cover all the districts in the region and the guidance has affected all Councils in Norfolk.

With immediate effect this guidance affects a range of development types within those catchment areas that include overnight accommodation.

The Local Planning Authorities are required to consider the impact of nutrient neutrality BEFORE planning permission can be granted.

Local Authorities are working together to understand how the issues raised by Natural England can be resolved and any mitigation measures that may be needed.

View the Natural England statement regarding Nutrient Neutrality

Find out more about Nutrient Neutrality

Cllr. John Toye, portfolio holder for Planning & Enforcement said:

"These are changes that will help to enhance the protection of our important Habitats and environment.  The implementation of the changes and their effect on planning delivery are yet to be fully understood. We will, by working with neighbouring authorities find solutions.  

It is important that we understand this fully to ensure sustainable development that protects our beautiful area can continue at appropriate levels."

The following Planning Applications included on the Development Committee Agenda for 31st March 2022 have been deferred due to new Habitats Regulations matters raised by Natural England concerning nutrient neutrality, the implications of which need to be considered prior to determination by Development Committee:

Item 7 - CORPUSTY - PF/21/1990 – Construction of 38 residential dwellings with associated infrastructure and landscaping at Land Off Norwich Road, Corpusty for Broadland Development Services
Item 8 - HOVETON - PF/21/2644 – Change of use of land to enable siting of up to ten bell tents on a seasonal basis (March - October) and the erection of washroom and wash-up structures and small timber stores building to serve the site and associated infrastructure and car parking. Field at Grid References 632824.00 318656.94, Long Lane, Hoveton, Norfolk.
Item 11 - DILHAM - PF/21/1478 – Conversion of agricultural building with associated external alterations to indoor swimming pool for private hire at Agricultural Barns, Oak Road, Dilham, Norfolk, NR29 9PW
Item 12 - DILHAM – PF/21/1479 – Conversion of agricultural building with associated external alterations to form four-bedroom holiday accommodation at Agricultural Barns, Oak Road, Dilham, Norfolk, NR28 9PW


Last updated: 12th April 2023