What is nutrient neutrality and how might it affect your build?

Nutrient neutrality laws affecting an empty self build in a forest
Nutrient neutrality laws aim to protect the surrounding environments around housing projects (Image credit: Getty Images)

Nutrient neutrality laws in homebuilding have been implemented to ensure new projects don't add harmful nutrients to surrounding ecosystems. 

These laws can have a significant impact on those looking to self build and cause delays and challenges in planning due to concerns around pollution. 

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.

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