Could mitigation standards finally be about to improve?

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.’

You can see the original proposal article from 2008 here.

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