I'm acutely aware of the phosphates neutrality crisis which is currently preventing planning permissions from being granted across much of Somerset and finding a solution to this issue is vital. I have been in touch with the District Councils, Wessex Water, Natural England and the Environment Agency for some months, since the issue of phosphates first arose. I have also spoken to my colleagues in Government, explaining the impact this is having on development across the majority of Somerset.
In a recent Parliamentary debate, I told the Housing Minister that more must be done to tackle this issue. The video above shows both my speech to the Minister and his response.