'Chilling effect': Why housebuilders are concerned about biodiversity net gain

The government’s landmark Environment Bill introduces provisions that would require developers to produce biodiversity gain plans, but critics say this could be burdensome and hamper the planning process. James Agyepong-Parsons reports.

Subject to parliament approving the recently published Environment Bill, significant changes to laws relating to air quality, water resources, waste management, nature improvement and chemicals will be made.

Among them is the introduction of biodiversity gain, which will apply to all developments requiring an environmental impact assessment under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

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