Government plans to boost biodiversity in England

Setting out its proposals to mandate biodiversity net gain (BNG) for developments within the planning process in England, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued the Consultation on Biodiversity Net Gain Regulations and Implementation. DEFRA describes BNG as “an approach to development which means that habitats for wildlife must be left in a measurably better state than they were in before the development.” It goes on further to say that “Mandating biodiversity net gain through the Environment Act will establish a consistent set of requirements and necessary exemptions which give developers clarity as to how they can meet their net gain obligations.”  BNG is intended to work alongside existing legislation for protected species and sites to:

• secure positive outcomes for biodiversity,

• improve the process for developers, and

• create better places for local communities

The consultation closes on 4 April 2022 and you can find it here.