To increase housebuilding, Michael Gove plans to change water pollution regulations.

To increase housebuilding, Michael Gove plans to change water pollution regulations.

Michael Gove is set to unveil a significant overhaul of regulations pertaining to waterway pollution and housing developments, as per reports from The Guardian and The Sun.

The Housing Secretary is expected to discard the “nutrient neutrality” regulations on Tuesday, a move that has faced criticism from developers and some Conservative MPs due to its perceived hindrance to essential housing construction.

The objective of these rules is to ensure that new developments or projects do not lead to hazardous increases in nutrient levels within local wetlands and water bodies located in protected regions.

As outlined by The Sun, the guidelines set by Natural England for nutrient neutrality will be transformed into advisory measures, enabling local officials to decide whether to adhere to or disregard them.

Furthermore, the publication indicated that property developers might be required to contribute to a “mitigation fund” aimed at addressing any pollution resulting from construction activities on greenfield and brownfield sites.

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