The Environment Act 2021 has bought changes to Biodiversity Net Gain requirements for all planning permissions granted in England (with a few exemptions). From November 2023 all planning permissions will have to deliver at least 10% biodiversity net gain. Biodiversity Net Gain delivers measurable improvements for biodiversity by creating or enhancing habitats in association with development. Biodiversity Net Gain can be achieved on-site, off-site or through a combination of on-site and off-site measures. There is a lot of preparation required to get ready for the new legal requirements, both by developers and local authority’s planning teams. Therefore, as the date for enforcement draws closer Habitat Regeneration have been speaking with developers and local authorities to outline the help we can provide.
Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain will mean a minimum 10% gain will be required as well as approval of a net gain plan. Habitat Regeneration have been outlining how we can provide assistance with the following:
On-site biodiversity net gain – delivering habitat creation on-site via landscaping/green infrastructure.
Off-site biodiversity net gain – sourcing suitable off site opportunities for habitat creation through our land bank.
Habitat management schemes – habitats will need to be secured for at least 30 years, we work with ecologists to develop schemes to outline how the net gains will be managed and maintained.
Habitat management – assist with ongoing habitat management/operational support of on and off-site units.
We are experts in habitat management and are already working with a variety of organisations, developers, and land owners to provide ecological enhancement and offsetting solutions. Contact us to discuss your Biodiversity Net Gain requirements or visit our Environmental Offset page for further details.