Today, the Environment Minister Rebecca Pow MP launched our consultation on protecting our wildlife and ecosystems through the planning and development process. This Biodiversity Net Gain consultation follows up on our landmark commitments in the Environment Act to make biodiversity net gain mandatory for development granted permission under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
The proposals set out in the consultation will help developers, planners, Local Planning Authorities and wider communities ensure new developments are “nature positive”. They will put nature and biodiversity gain at the heart of all decision-making and design going forward.
This will mean that developments must demonstrate a measurable biodiversity net gain of at least 10% above pre-development biodiversity value. This will help to ensure that new development in England enhances the environment, contributes to our ecological networks and conserves our precious landscapes.
The consultation and associated documents announced today have been developed with advice from Natural England, the government’s statutory nature body, It is asking developers, planning authorities, environmental professionals, landowners and other interested parties for their views.
We are delivering the most ambitious programme to protect our precious environment and wildlife, and this consultation is another important step.
The consultation closes on 5 April 2022 and can be found here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/defra-net-gain-consultation-team/consultat…