What ‘net environmental gain’ means in practice

The principle of ‘net environmental gain’ has been supported by the government in its 25-Year Environment Plan. Catherine Early explores what this might mean for housing and infrastructure projects

Aerial view of housing development. Photograph: A.P.S. (UK)/Alamy Stock Photo

Housing developers may soon have to ensure projects improve the environment. Photograph: A.P.S. (UK)/Alamy Stock Photo

Part of the government’s plan to reverse decades of decline in biodiversity is to enshrine the principal of net environmental gain through the planning system so that developments no longer contribute to habitat loss.

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