Net gain: What DEFRA's new offsetting metric means for environmental consultants

The government has published a new tool to measure the value of habitat offsets, which consultants will need in order to demonstrate how biodiversity net gain can be achieved. James Agyepong-Parsons speaks to the experts in the field.

All new developments determined under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in England will soon need to offset any natural habitat that is damaged or destroyed on-site, under the government’s forthcoming mandatory biodiversity net gain policy. 

To ensure mitigations works are carried out correctly, developers will need to be able to demonstrate an overall habitat improvement of 10% net gain, supported by appropriate calculations.

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