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Nutrient essentials: Can planning balance the need for new housing with the need to keep watercourses clean and healthy?

Words: Huw Morris

Achieving nutrient neutrality in new development is a serious challenge for 74 planning authorities and may be delaying up to 100,000 homes. It’s causing problems for rural communities, too, discovers Huw Morris

This is a story about how the fortunes of a tiny mollusc can cause widespread chaos.Anisus vorticulus, the little whirlpool ramshorn snail, is 5mm in diameter, thrives in unpolluted marsh water and loves ditches.But the aquatic snail’s catastrophic decline prompted a conservation watchdog to publish urgent advice. This triggered alarm across local authorities, the development industry and the........
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