Controversy as government relaxes rules on waterway pollution in bid to boost home building

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The housing secretary Michael Gove is planning a major change to rules on waterway pollution in a bid to build thousands more homes in England.

The so-called "nutrient neutrality" rules, which aim to limit nutrient pollution, have been criticised by developers and some Tory MPs for blocking much-needed housebuilding.

The government hopes the move, which is coming in an amendment to the forthcoming levelling up bill, will allow 100,000 new homes to be built over the next few years to 2030.

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