Are you ready for net gain?

Developers and local authorities could soon be grappling with a mandatory requirement on new developments to deliver a net gain for nature, but are they prepared for the change to the system? Jamie Carpenter finds out what leading environmental consultants think

Net gain discussion panel
ENDS invited senior environmental consultants to a roundtable discussion on DEFRA's plans for biodiversity net gain

Plans to put the environment at the heart of planning and development by placing a mandatory requirement on new developments to deliver a biodiversity “net gain” took a step forward in December with the publication of a much-anticipated consultation document. Under DEFRA’s proposals, which are out for consultation until 10 February, developers would be required to assess the potential harm to habitats of their projects and to provide an overall improvement for biodiversity. The publication of the consultation delivered on a pledge contained in the government’s flagship 25-Year Environment Plan, published a year ago.

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