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Acres of 'poor quality' Hampshire farmland could be 're-greened' to solve nitrogen pollution problem

Published in The News on the 25th February 2020
Story by Fiona Callingham

 

ACRES of some of Hampshire’s ‘poor quality’ farmland could be ‘re-greened’ in a bid to reduce pollution and allow housebuilding to resume.

Work to build new homes across the south of Hampshire was postponed last year after Natural England ruled the amount of nitrogen spilling into the Solent as a result was damaging to wildlife.

It is thought more than 7,000 homes in the county were put on hold while councils scrambled to find solutions.

Now the Partnership for South Hampshire (Push), which is made up of local authorities, has revealed what could be a permanent fix to the problem.

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Havant planning application APP/19/01101 - Campdown

The UK may be about to be separated from Europe politically but bird interest groups from both sides of the English Channel are united in their fight to save fields vitally important to over-wintering waders and geese; see objection letters from the RSPB, International Wader Study Group, Global Flyway Network and many others on Havant Council’s planning page. Every year thousands of shorebirds fly down the East-Atlantic Flyway from northern Europe to spend the winter in food-rich harbours and estuaries along the south coast of England.

Havant Borough Council, along with many other local authorities in the south, have been told by the Government to build thousands of new homes, in Havant’s case more than 11,000, by the year 2036. Havant is a relatively small borough just 21.4 square miles in area but it includes internationally protected shorelines around Hayling Island, Chichester Harbour and Langstone Harbour.

This Government pressure has forced HBC to consider allowing development on land that has up till now been deemed sacrosanct. What has got ornithologists in fighting mood is the proposal by developer Persimmon to build 780 new dwellings on green fields south of South Downs College between College Road, Crookhorn and the A3M motorway.

Photo: Google Earth

View looking south east from above South Downs College. The A3(M) motorway can be seen leading south towards Langstone Harbour in the distance. There are also plans to build 97 houses on the college car park shown in the foreground.

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Beauty spots in Portsmouth and Hampshire 'incredibly vulnerable' fear campaigners

AREAS of natural beauty that are also of scientific interest are in disrepair across the region

More than half the sites in Langstone Harbour are in an unfavourable condition. Picture: Jacki Beech.

Published in The News on the 20th January 2020
Story by David George

 

Data compiled by the JPIMedia Data Unit shows that more than half of the sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) are in an unfavourable condition, with a total of 1,045 sites in an unsatisfactory state.

An SSSI is an area considered to best represent the local ecosystem, taking into consideration the plants, animals and geology of the site.

While some of these sites are recovering, such as Browndown in Gosport, others are seeing no improvement at all – including Portsmouth Harbour and parts of the water near Lee-on-the-Solent.

Hampshire also has a higher percentage of unfavourable sites (57 per cent) than the national average of 49.5 per cent.

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