As Biodiversity net-gain is rolled out gradually across the country and with the upcoming national mandate set to be introduced with the Environment Bill in 2020/2021, Environment Bank are getting an increase in enquiries for offsetting sites in new local authority areas every week.
With a key principle of offsetting being that offset sites should be located in close proximity to the development which they are offsetting, access to suitable landowners across the country is critical.
For this reason, Environment Bank has agreed on some new partnerships with experienced land agents who will help identify landowners across the country who are interested in doing habitat creation or restoration on their sites.
These new partners include:
RJS Corporate Ltd. – Robert Spriddell
RJS Corporate Ltd is owned by Robert Spriddell. RJS Corporate is an integrated transaction focused buy-side land agency combined with capital raising expertise. The fundamental premise of RJS is to provide access to acquisition opportunities for developers and access to the requisite finance to acquire and develop those assets.
As land agents RJS work with developers and institutional property investors across multiple sectors, disciplines and strategies – from strategic land buyers, to residential developers, regional and national house-builders, as well as commercial and industrial developers. Their developer and investor network stretches all over the UK and internationally, but as they are based outside of Cambridge, they have developed a bespoke network that covers the Oxbridge Arc, the Eastern Region and beyond. Their capital network provides our property clients with access to highly sophisticated real estate investment funds.
Increment Ltd. – Simon Ward
Increment Ltd. is owned and run by Simon Ward. Simon has spent over thirty years in the agricultural industry and has supplied analysis to the agricultural industry at all levels from farm to multinational. While his specialist areas are economics, policy and innovation he has also undertaken projects in environmental research and has a particular interest in greenhouse gas assessment in the agricultural industry.
As well as running Increment Limited for 20 years and Increment Limited Simon has published Inside Track the specialist journal on agricultural politics, policy, economics and statistics until sold in 2016. Simon is a founder member of The Policy Group which was created to look at the impacts of agricultural policy on the agricultural industry.
Rob joined the Environment Bank team in 2018 and works on biological impact assessments, offset site searches and delivery. Rob also has experience in botanical surveying and in creating habitat management plans which he helps to monitor and advise on for Environment Bank’s offset sites.
Rob has over 6 years experience working as an ecological consultant in the private sector.