Planning for new biodiversity net gain requirements in England

The real estate sector now has less than 12 months to prepare for the new biodiversity net gain (BNG) requirements coming into force in England.

The legislation is set to be enforced in November 2023 as part of the Environment Act 2021. It will require all new developments, bar a few exceptions, to deliver at least 10 per cent BNG – covering commercial and residential projects, while also impacting local authorities and developers.

In this latest video, Rachael Coulsting and Matthew Stimson from Shoosmiths’ planning team examine the legislation and the financial and operational challenges it could pose for the sector.

Rachael and Matthew investigate the legal mechanisms that will be used to secure BNG and how it will be measured. They also share their insight on the steps developers should consider taking to meet the new requirements, particularly for schemes likely to be consented from November 2023.

Rachael and Matthew explain how BNG can be delivered either onsite or offsite, or through a combination of solutions, with the introduction of ‘biodiversity gain sites’ and ‘biodiversity units’.



This information is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given. Please contact us for specific advice on your circumstances. © Shoosmiths LLP 2024.



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