Dr Peter Shepherd will be presenting on the 1st of February to a seminar on Environmental Impact Assessment organised by the North-east Regional section of the RTPI. Peter has been asked to give a presentation on Biodiversity Offsetting: Implications for EIA and Mitigation. This is a subject BSG Ecology has been following closely since it was first promoted in the Natural Environment White Paper 2011 and a number of articles have appeared in our New and Views ever since and as such we are delighted to be asked to speak.
Peter will be drawing on his own experiences and that of other colleagues of a number of projects where Biodiversity Offsetting has been applied. His presentation will briefly review a potted history of the growth of Biodiversity Offsetting in the UK, set out the legal and policy drivers associated with No Net loss and a move to Net Gain and the extent of current action around the UK before considering how Biodiversity Net Gain requirements and the use of Offsetting calculations interact with current practice in EIA. Peter will also briefly discuss the implications for development and developers and how best to work with the new Net Gain agenda.
It promises to be an interesting and informative seminar with a range of subjects being covered including: Legislation changes and what’s on the horizon; best practice in EIA and case law; and how applicants and decision makers tackle EIA challenges among other topics. Speakers include professionals from the planning, planning law, ecological, development and local authority sectors and disciplines.
Photo: Steve Betts (Newcastle Office)