Mr Seely has written to the Isle of Wight Council asking for information and assurances around a harmful process called eutrophication which sees the biodiversity of watercourses and the coast damaged by the introduction of phosphates and nitrates from new housing developments into the environment.
Natural England say there is sound evidence that these nutrients are causing eutrophication – dense algae growth which denies other plant and animal life of oxygen.
Natural England advise that new developments in the Solent region should only be permitted if they are nitrogen-neutral to ensure wastewater generated as a result of new development does not harm the integrity of protected areas.
Following this advice Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and East Hampshire councils have all denied planning permission to developments near water courses draining into the Solent unless they are nitrate-neutral. Bob is asking the IW council whether it also has – or intends to – use these powers to prevent harmful development.
In a letter to the council, Bob has asked what steps the council is taking to monitor nitrate levels at prospective development sites and, where development has begun, what steps are being taken to ensure that nitrate levels in water courses are not adversely affected by developments.
“We must protect the wildlife we have in the Solent. Currently, the dense mats of green algae are negatively impacting on the Solent’s protected habitats and bird species and house building is contributing to this.
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“We must take action to ensure that our eco-systems are not threatened by over-development – as they will be if the current Island Plan which envisages 9,600 new homes – is approved”.