03 May 2019 Biodiversity Net Gain advice – BSG Ecology, Pegasus Group and Kings Chambers
BSG Ecology, Pegasus Group and Kings Chambers delivered a seminar on Biodiversity Net Gain to developers, land managers and land acquisition specialists in Leeds on 2 May 2019.
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s spring statement announced that the Government will mandate net gains for biodiversity on new developments in England. The seminar discussed the implications of this commitment, which builds on the requirement set out within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to secure measurable biodiversity net gains through development, and which has potentially significant implications for developers in terms of both cost and scheme design
Nigel Cussen (Pegasus Group), Kirsty Kirkham (BSG Ecology) and Piers Riley-Smith and Philip Robson (both of Kings Chambers) shared their experiences and views on the current status of Biodiversity Net Gain and the future direction of legislation, and how best to prepare for the successful delivery of Biodiversity Net Gain.
The seminar focused on what delivering Biodiversity Net Gain might entail, the planning requirements, how biodiversity metrics work, and the potential legal implications. Kings Chambers also reviewed the proposed tariff system, where cash payments are made against any shortfall in biodiversity units as measured against the net gain obligation, setting out what this might involve and how tariff requirements might be subject to challenge in some situations.
An appreciation of the potential significance of biodiversity net gain was very apparent amongst the attendees. The seminar was well received; Rosie Allsopp, Planner at Persimmon Homes, commenting that it was ‘informative and thought provoking… It was good to hear the ecology, planning and legal sides together…it opens thinking to how we can plan ahead’
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