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Nutrient Neutrality – implications for planning applications 

Along with other councils in Norfolk and elsewhere in the country, the city council has been asked by Natural England to quickly adopt a more rigorous approach to assess the effects of changes in water quality, in order to achieve ‘nutrient neutrality’.

As with all affected councils, this means the city council is currently unable to grant planning permission where a development is likely to add nutrient pollution to water, until we find a solution.

We are working with other Norfolk councils and Natural England to resolve this issue as soon as we can and encourage people to continue with the submission of pre-application advice requests while we work through this.

Read more information about nutrient neutrality here