Providing you with greater clarity when navigating the planning system

What is Net Gain?

Biodiversity net gain means leaving biodiversity in a better state than it was before. National planning policy, and many local plans, already require developments to deliver biodiversity net gain. This net gain requirement is now also being introduced by a Government mandate for all developments.

Offsets to Deliver Net Gain

It is often challenging and expensive to deliver biodiversity net gain on site.  Biodiversity offsetting can save you time and money because it is a simple, streamlined and transparent process. It provides more predictable costs and outcomes to help with future project planning. And compensation delivery liability is discharged in one payment so there will be no ongoing costs or land management responsibilities. 

How Does it Work?

Step 1: Biodiversity Assessment

You send us your ecology report and we will use biodiversity accounting and the approved Defra metric to assess the biodiversity impacts of your development, taking into account all mitigation efforts. This will determine if any off-site compensation is required.

If you've already carried out the calculation yourself, simply send us the results and the number of units required to achieve net gain.

Step 2: Designing the Offset

We will then search our national registry of landowners, who have shown interest in being offset providers, or undertake a bespoke search through our contacts and partners, to find an appropriate site as close to your development as possible.

We are improving the offset process for developers by establishing habitat banks around the UK. Habitat banks are large, strategic offset sites that give the best gains for biodiversity in the most cost-effective and time efficient manner. Contact us to see if habitats banks are available in your area.

Step 3: Conservation Credits Purchase

Offset sites deliver biodiversity gains which are measured in ‘conservation credits’. Once an offset scheme has been identified, designed and approved by you and the planning authority, the number of conservation credits you require to achieve biodiversity net gain can be purchased via a one off payment.

View our detailed guidance for developers.

You can also download our free Biodiversity Impact Calculator by clicking here

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