Environment Bill: New law would lock in biodiversity baselines for net gain

The pre-development biodiversity value of any site in England would be locked in place from this month as part of the government’s flagship policy to improve nature, according to the government’s landmark Environment Bill.

The bill, published yesterday, introduces  provisions that would govern air quality, waste, water, nature and biodiversity, subject to it passing through the House of Commons. 

Key to developers and environmental consultants is the introduction of “biodiversity gain” or biodiversity net gain, which will apply to all developments requiring an environmental impact assessment under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

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