Meeting required housing targets has been the focus of the Council’s concerns so far. As one of the most densely populated cities in the UK, Portsmouth struggles to accommodate the significant additional housing demanded by Government. There is limited space and the existing infrastructure is already under pressure.
But pressure to respond to Central Government's demands for housing cannot excuse the destruction of Portsmouth’s vital natural assets, or important existing legal safeguards to be dismissed!
This proposal would fail the wildlife and people of Portsmouth and set a dangerous precedent for nature’s destruction.
We want to see nature recovering across land and seas, for all our sakes - not destroyed unnecessarily.
Problem for wildlife; problem for people
We are in a climate and ecological emergency.
Portsmouth Harbour is one of the largest expanses of mudflats and tidal creeks on the south coast of Britain. It plays an important part in the Solent coastline, which welcomes nearly 30% of the UK’s population of dark‐bellied brent geese, as well as dunlin and black‐tailed godwits and many other wintering waders. It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar Site in recognition of its huge importance. These habitats are already under increasing pressure from coastal squeeze, rising sea level and poor water quality.
In addition to their value for wildlife, these habitats help to protect Portsmouth from erosion, and provide natural carbon storage and filtration. Given the threats of climate change and rising sea levels these proposals are completely inappropriate, and would be extremely costly financially as well as environmentally.
The Council currently believes that there no alternatives and that meeting housing targets might trump nature’s protection and the Government's many pledges for the environment. If approved, this would set a hugely damaging precedent, which could give the green light to further destructive development and take a wrecking ball to the country’s natural heritage.