How reforms would embed environmental 
net gain in planning decisions

Proposed planning reforms could see more local authorities adopt environmental net gain principles, but green campaigners are in two minds about the concept. Jamie Carpenter reports

Aerial view of rural Cotswolds landscape

Proposed changes to the NPPF include greater emphasis on ‘measurable’ net gain

Launching a consultation on proposed revisions to England’s key planning document, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the government said the draft changes would ensure developments result in a “net gain to the environment where possible”. Prime minister Theresa May, writing in the Daily Telegraph ahead of the launch, said the policy would mean “all housing development, no matter how large, should aim to enhance biodiversity and the local environment rather than undermine it”.

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