Plans to ensure that wildlife can be better protected and enhanced in developments were outlined in a consultation launched today (Tuesday, January 11) by Environment Minister Rebecca Pow.
The proposals set out in the Biodiversity Net Gain consultation will help communities, planners, developers and local planning authorities to ensure that new developments are ‘nature positive’ – which means putting nature and biodiversity gains at the heart of. any decision making and any design.
Net Biodiversity Gain is a development approach that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before – protecting existing habitats and ensuring that any impact on biodiversity is offset by natural habitat and ecological features beyond it. who is affected.
The developments must be delivered in such a way as to help reduce and restore any loss of biodiversity during the construction phase, and above all to increase the biodiversity of the area by 10%.
It will help provide thriving natural spaces for local communities and is a key part of the government’s plans to better rebuild after the pandemic and to help level all regions of the country.
Additional funding of £ 4million
The government has also announced a new funding pot of over £ 4million to help local planning authorities and other local authorities oversee planning, to prepare for the net biodiversity gain that will become mandatory two years after Royal Assent to the Environment Act.
The funding will help local planning authorities expand resources of environmentalists and develop teams of environmentalists, increasing their ability to work with developers and communities to bring about biodiversity gains by helping restore wildlife, plants and landscapes after construction work.
This can take place on site, elsewhere in the region or, if this is not possible, by purchasing nature restoration credits elsewhere in England.
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:
“The pandemic has reinforced how much our homes, communities and outdoor spaces matter to us. Our commitment to protecting and enhancing our natural world can and should go hand in hand with our ambition to build more high-quality homes.
Our plans to ensure that new developments protect and better enhance wildlife and nature will create better places to live and work, and this will ensure that we leave our environment in a better condition for future generations.
The consultation and associated documents announced today were developed with advice from the government’s conservation organization, Natural England.