Net gain: What does a statutory biodiversity credit system mean for developers?

All new development in England will soon be required to offset any natural habitat that is damaged or destroyed, and if it cannot deliver this onsite or locally, developers will need to pay into a government-run system. James Agyepong-Parsons speaks to the experts about how this will work in practice.

Before leaving his post as environment secretary in July, Michael Gove updated DEFRA’s policy statement reaffirming the government’s intention to embed 10% biodiversity net gain into England’s planning system.

But DEFRA’s response to its own consultation on net gain revealed a crucial change in the way it intends to deliver the scheme, which will apply to all new developments determined under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. 

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