Environment Bill

DEFRA has published the Environment Bill which includes a proposal that developers must deliver 10 per cent net biodiversity gain through their schemes.

The Environment Bill confirms that the government has opted for a net biodiversity gain of 10 per cent. The bill says that a biodiversity metric to calculate the biodiversity value of any habitat will be published by the secretary of state. The bill says that any habitats created to deliver net gain must be maintained for at least 30 years. The bill also requires planning authorities to create local nature recovery strategies identifying where compensatory provision of biodiversity can be delivered. The bill says these will include a statement of biodiversity priorities for the strategy area and a local habitat map for the whole strategy area or two or more local habitat maps which together cover the whole strategy area.

Author: Defra

Date: October 2019 date of publication

This item updates DCP section 4.143

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