South Hampshire environment to benefit from £9.6m funding

Plans to protect south Hampshire’s unique environment have taken a big step forward thanks to £9.6m of government funding.

For several years much-needed development across the region has been impacted because of environmental concerns, particularly around nitrates entering rivers and the Solent.

Now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has awarded £9.6m from the Local Nutrient Mitigation Fund to support projects to protect the local environment.

The money has been awarded to the Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH), which brings local councils and other partners together with a focus on sustainable growth in the area and will be used for a range of schemes led by individual councils.

Projects include creation of new wetlands and nature reserve areas, improving water efficiency in council homes and upgrading council-owned wastewater treatment plants.

Cllr Seán Woodward, chairman of PfSH, said: “As a region we have been at the forefront of trying to address serious environmental issue without preventing opportunities for sustainable developments. I’m delighted our plans have been recognised by government and this funding is a testament to the hard work and commitment from all our partners to find solutions to benefit everyone.”

Minister of State for Housing, Lee Rowley said: “In areas affected by nutrient neutrality we have seen too many homes stuck in the planning system.

“This Government backs the builders and not the blockers. Our Local Nutrient Mitigation Funding will help unlock new housing and development in catchment areas like South Hampshire, supporting councils to build more homes that local communities want and need.”

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Notes to editors:

About the Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH)

 PfSH is a partnership of twelve local authorities around the Solent that aim to improve the environmental, cultural and economic performance of the South Hampshire area.

It works with partners to dissolve the boundaries of individual local authorities – to successfully meet challenges together – and to make the most of the opportunities that can be shared across the wider south Hampshire area.

Partners include Eastleigh Borough Council, East Hampshire District Council, Fareham Borough Council, Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Havant Borough Council, New Forest District Council, New Forest National Park, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Test Valley Borough Council, Winchester City Council, the Solent LEP, other government agencies, infrastructure bodies and many others.

 

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