Biodiversity net gain: updating planning requirements
Planning how we use our spaces: where house building is permitted, what land is set aside for commercial development to identifying important green spaces and wildlife corridors is the responsibility of local government. The first part is setting out the vision through the ‘Local Plan’ – crudely what goes where and the second part is responding to planning enquires and applications. The government sets out the national requirements that informs each area and applies to all councils in England. This is called the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) supported by the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG).
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The government, through Defra have set out proposals to make biodiversity net gain necessary for developments when granting planning permission. Biodiversity net gain is an approach which aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than beforehand.
The national LNP network stepped up to the plate and provided a joint response to this consultation: LNPs Response to NET GAIN consultation Thanks to our TVNP Natural Assets Working Group who made a great contribution to this response.
The consultation ended in February we’ll keep you posted of the outcomes…