Responding to the news that the government will address nutrient neutrality rules, Sam Richards, founder and campaign director for Britain Remade, said:
“Today’s news is welcome – it will unlock 120,000 new homes that we desperately need but have been delayed because of how Natural England have implemented nutrient neutrality rules.
“We need to clean up our rivers and waterways as quickly as possible – but blocking houses that add almost nothing to water pollution is not the way to do it. Existing rules on river pollution are clearly failing to keep the nation’s beloved waterways healthy. If we want clean rivers we need to focus on those polluting the rivers – water companies and farmers – rather than hammering those who want to own their own home.”