Biodiversity Net Gain finally to be mandated as a requirement of the planning system

  The Environment Bank was established by David Hill in 2006 to lobby for a better way of delivering mitigation and compensation for development impacts on biodiversity. We have been promoting mitigation banking/habitat banking, biodiversity offsetting and gains to biodiversity through development for the past 12 years. We are proud that our work has now paid off and we can enjoy much greater and more effective…

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Government’s consultation in making biodiversity net gain mandatory is out at last!

    The government yesterday announced a consultation on whether new developments should provide a net-gain for biodiversity (https://consult.defra.gov.uk/land-use/net-gain/consultation/ ) Since introducing the concept of biodiversity offsetting to the UK back in 2009, which is now embraced within ‘biodiversity net gain’, I have been amazed at how long it actually takes for society and leaders to get behind ‘doing the right thing’. Michael Gove should be congratulated…

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Government backs biodiversity net gains for new Garden Towns and Villages

Having brought the concept of biodiversity offsetting to the UK back in 2009, when the Environment Bank was established to promote the concept for biodiversity offsetting and lobby for better outcomes for biodiversity from planning and development, I am heartened to see that we are now at a turning point. In addition to strengthened biodiversity policy within the National Planning Policy Framework and growing movement towards…

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