Prime Minister’s Questions 22 January – local MP Caroline Nokes asks about protecting waterways to make sure that housing commitments can be met.

Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North Caroline Nokes said: To prevent the build up of green algae in The Solent means local authorities like Test Valley Borough Council cannot grant planning permission for children’s homes, for care facilities and self builders there is a blockage in the system. I would  like to urge my ask my right honourable friend to get out his plunger to make sure Defra, MHCLG, Natural England and the Environment Agency are all working together to protect our water ways and to make sure housing commitments can be met.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson replied:

“We will make sure that the ministerial dyno-rod is employed to sort out the blockage that she is experiencing. It is very important that we deal simultaneously with nitrate neutrality, that we satisfy our environmental needs whilst also ensuring her community gets the housing that it needs. I think there is a way forward and I would be happy to take it up with her.”

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