Net gain: Summary of responses and government response

Defra has published a summary of responses to its consultation, launched in December last year, on its net gain proposal.

The document states that the majority of respondents to the consultation thought exempting broad categories of development to be unnecessary. It adds that the government will not, therefore, introduce broad exemptions from delivering biodiversity net gain, beyond those proposed for permitted development and householder applications such as extensions, and will instead introduce narrow exemptions for the most constrained types of development. The document adds that the government intends to keep small sites in the scope of the mandatory net gain approach, but will actively consider whether minor residential developments should be subject to longer transition arrangements or a lower net gain requirement than other types of development.

The document adds that the government will also consider exemptions for development of specific ownership types which may be disproportionately impacted through these changes, such as residential self-build. It also confirms a series of exemptions for brownfield land. It says that concerns raised about the cost sensitivity of the redevelopment of post-industrial developed land will be addressed by a targeted exemption for brownfield sites that meet a number of criteria. These include that such sites do not contain priority habitats, and "face genuine difficulties in delivering viable development".

Author: DEFRA

This item updates DCP section 4.143


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