Capacity crunch: do councils have the expertise to deliver their biodiversity goals?

Only one in four local authorities in England have access to in-house ecological expertise, leaving a question mark over their capability to deliver the government’s biodiversity net gain policy

For the government’s biodiversity net gain policy to succeed, much hinges on councils’ ability to have ready access to expertise to assess ecological gains and losses arising from development proposals. But figures obtained by ENDS reveal that many town halls do not employ in-house ecological experts – casting doubt over their capacity to deliver the flagship policy which requires developers to enhance wildlife for new housing or commercial developments.

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