Read Commercial Property specialist, David Redgate's update on the poor water quality levels at Stodmarsh nature reserve outside Canterbury which has delayed housing developments across East Kent.
Stodmarsh is a recognised haven for wildlife, and studies from environmental experts at Natural England indicate that residential developments are creating water pollution at this internationally important wetland which is suffering from high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous. Nitrates encourage plant growth but water systems can clog up with weed.
The studies have had major repercussions on housing developments across all areas near the Stour which stretches to Ashford, towards Thanet and down to Folkestone.
Natural England require planning authorities to put in place policies to limit the escape of nitrates into the water system. Ashford council in particular are struggling to put in place a policy (read their position statement here) which in turn is delaying many planning applications in the area.