The government were seeking views on how they could improve the planning system in England to protect the environment (biodiversity net gain) and build places to live and work. They have now published the summary of responses and government response. The national LNP network, including TVNP submitted a joint response to this consultation.
At Spring Statement this year, government announced it would mandate net gains for biodiversity in the Environment Bill. The government response sets out how it will work to bring this into force. Read the updated policy statement on the progress of the Environment Bill.
To understand what biodiversity net gain is and the implications for nature you can view two presentations from this years TVNP conference:
Biodiversity Net Gain in Planning – Martin O’Hanlon, Senior Advisor – Net Gain, Natural England
A new countryside : Restoring biodiversity in the UK by creating the Restoration Economy – Prof David Hill CBE, Chair Environment Bank