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Jeffrey Hancorn

Jeffrey owns a development site for 33 houses in Canon Pyon, a village in Herefordshire in the River Lugg catchment (which flows into the River Wye).

Posted on 23 May 2024

He described how he had been unable to achieve planning permission for the houses due to the phosphate moratorium.

This means that new developments in the area are on hold until the phosphate levels in the catchments have lowered to optimum levels. Jeffrey voiced his concern for how the pollution is affecting housing in the local community, noting the effect on young families who are unable to get onto the property ladder due to the shortage of houses.

Jeffrey said:

“My development site would have been built and people living in the homes if the river had been clean, and the Dutch phosphate moratorium had not been implemented.

“It has not only been the death of the river, but the death of communities.”


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Jeffrey Hancorn


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