Biodiversity Net Gain Mandatorty 12th Feb 2024

BNG: The Basics

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is an approach to development, and/or land management, that aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than it was beforehand. The word ‘biodiversity’ comes from the term ‘biological diversity’.

Biodiversity Net Gain ( BNG ) is a way to contribute to the recovery of nature while developing land. It is making sure the habitat for wildlife is in a better state than it was before development. 

Biodiversity Net Gain is MANDATORY on developments of more than 10 dwellings/>0.5ha from the 12th February 2024.

If you are a land owner and are interested in learning more about Biodiversity Net Gain and how as a landowner you may be able to create BNG Units for sale into the BNG market place, please read on……BNG Units are currently trading for up to £30,000 per unit and 1 hectare of land could create between 2-4 BNG Units!

The starting point for any BNG project is the UK Habitat Baseline Survey. 

If you wish to start your BNG project, please contact us. 

What is a 10% net gain in biodiversity?

The requirement is enforced by the 2021 Environment Act, which introduced an automatic new condition to every planning permission granted: a biodiversity net gain (BNG) of 10%. This means that, before any development begins, applicants need to measure the existing and proposed biodiversity values of their sites.

Under the updated timetable set out by Govt developers in England will be required to deliver 10% “Biodiversity Net Gain” from 12th February 2024 onwards when building new housing, industrial or commercial developments meaning by law they must deliver a net positive for the local environment, for example by creating new habitats and green spaces. Biodiversity Net Gain for small sites will still be applicable from April 2024, and implementation for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects remains planned for 2025.

BNG Units legally have a min 30 year lifespan!

What are the key components of mandatory BNG?

The Environment Act sets out the following key components of mandatory biodiversity gain:

Amends Town & Country Planning Act (TCPA);

Minimum 10% gain required on developement sites calculated using the Biodiversity Metric & approval of a biodiversity gain plan;

Habitat secured for at least 30 years via planning obligations or conservation covenants;

Delivered on-site, off-site or via a new statutory biodiversity credits scheme; and National register for net gain delivery sites.

It does not change existing legal protections for important habitats and wildlife species. It maintains the mitigation hierarchy of avoid impacts first, then mitigate and only compensate as a last resort. It will apply to Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) but not marine development.

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