Back in 2008, I proposed an ‘Office for Standards in the Environment’, part of whose role would be to ensure development delivered effective mitigation, compensation and gains for biodiversity, with proper governance around delivery to make sure things happened for nature both within the development site boundary and on specific offset habitat banks.
It goes to show how long things can take to happen. But we are delighted that eventually the value of making this biodiversity net gain mandatory has been recognised, and the Government is also in the process of setting up the independent Office for Environmental Protection.’
David is chairman and founding owner of The Environment Bank Ltd which he set up in 2006 to introduce the concept of compensation, via biodiversity offsetting and habitat banking, into the UK because of his concerns at the way biodiversity was treated within the planning and development sector.
David’s concept of biodiversity compensation, ensuring developments provide net gains to biodiversity, has been embedded in the government’s 25-year Environment Plan and National Planning Policy Framework and is being mandated through the enactment of the Environment Bill in late 2020/early 2021 such that biodiversity net gain will be a requirement on all development’.