How councils can ensure a new duty on developers delivers a genuine boost for biodiversity

By 2023, new development will be legally required to boost biodiversity. The government says this is the ‘gold standard’ of nature protection but Wiltshire Council says developers’ conservation plans can be ‘complete garbage’. How can genuine gains be ensured?

by Joey Gardiner
Kidbrooke Village: development aims to enhance biodiversity by including grassland, meadow and wetland rich in plant and wildlife. Photograph: Berkeley Homes
Kidbrooke Village: development aims to enhance biodiversity by including grassland, meadow and wetland rich in plant and wildlife. Photograph: Berkeley Homes

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