“Embedding an ‘environmental net gain’ principle for development” is the first proposed action in the Government’s recent 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment. The plan explains that "current policy is that the planning system should provide biodiversity net gains where possible" and a consultation on strengthened biodiversity net gains requirements has been published. In addition, the Government announced as part of the Spring Statement that biodiversity net gain for development will be mandated through the forthcoming Environment Bill. This is ahead of a future intention to "expand the net gain approaches used for biodiversity to include wider natural capital benefits, such as flood protection, recreation and improved water and air quality”.
Join Westminster Briefing on Wednesday the 8th of May in Central Manchester for an up to date brief on embedding biodiversity net gain in the planning system. We will examine current National Planning Policy requirements, future Government reforms, and actions leading areas & developers are already taking.
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