Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is the principle that development should include mitigation and enhancement measures that leave the natural world in a better condition than before the development took place. Development will have to be delivered in a way that helps reduce biodiversity loss and also deliver at least a 10% boost to the area’s biodiversity. This is the minimum enhancement under the Environment Act 2021 and will be measured using the metrics that have been produced by the Environment Agency.
BNG will become mandatory in November 2023 (two years after Royal Assent of the Environment Act 2021) and the Government has announced funding of £4 million to help Local Planning Authorities prepare for its implementation. For more information please see this link.
The Government has launched a consultation on BNG regulations and implementation which is open until 5 April 2022. The consultation is at this link. Acorn RPC sees it as important that the regulations do not impose unreasonable burdens on its clients who are looking to develop and enable others who wish to provide off-site mediation and enhancement to derive long term ad sustainable income streams for doing so. We will be responding to the consultation.