Government to Mandate Biodiversity Net Gain in Forthcoming Environment Bill

The Government has today confirmed that new developments must deliver an overall increase in biodiversity.

Following a consultation period last year, the Chancellor confirmed in the Spring Statement that the government will use the forthcoming Environment Bill to mandate that the delivery of much-needed infrastructure and housing is not at the expense of vital biodiversity. 

 

Biodiversity net gain requires developers to ensure habitats for wildlife are enhanced and left in a measurably better state than they were pre-development. 

They must assess the type of habitat and its condition before submitting plans, and then demonstrate how they are improving biodiversity – such as through the creation of green corridors, planting more trees, or forming local nature spaces. 

Green improvements on site would be encouraged, but in the rare circumstances where they are not possible, developers will need to pay a levy for habitat creation or improvement elsewhere. 

 

Further detail will be set out in the government’s formal response to the consultation. Click here to read more