Can biodiversity net gain deliver for nature?

Biodiversity net gain could become a legal requirement in new developments in England, but is the concept sound? James Agyepong-Parsons reports

New housing should be built on brownfield, says DCLG. Photograph: Taiga/123RF
Biodiversity net gain could provide clarity in the planning process if a standardised approach was taken, experts say

DEFRA plans to mandate biodiversity net gain in new developments in England.

The proposals, published over the weekend, would require developers to assess the potential harm to habitats caused by their projects and to provide an overall improvement for biodiversity.

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