Published: 14th Sep 2020

The government has agreed to invest £3.9m scheme to protect wildlife in the Solent in a bid to unlock housing in the area. Under the scheme, the government will invest £3.9m in an online ‘nitrate trading’ auction platform. Housing growth has stalled in the Solent area for over a year due to concerns that nitrates were causing a range of negative environmental effects. These include excessive growth of green algae which smothers and damages rare habitats and wildlife, including the Solent’s internationally protected estuaries, salt marshes and seagrass beds, as well as protected birds including curlews. The platform will allow housing developers to buy credits to create new habitats such as meadows, woodlands and wetlands. This will also provide more outside spaces as part of government ambitions for a green, nature-based recovery from coronavirus. A new nature reserve at Warblington Farm, which opened last week, will also be funded through the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)