The Natural Environment White Paper has led to a growing interest in Biodiversity Net Gain and Biodiversity Offsetting. Since its publication in 2011 there have been Offsetting Trials, a Green Paper (and a Government review of the Green Paper) and a conference hosted by Natural England. DEFRA have also recently launched a national consultation looking at possible approaches to delivering net gain.
Arguments for Net Gain derive from international and national policy. Increasingly, Local Plans are including policies requiring the delivery of Net Gain through the use of a new planning tool – Biodiversity Offsetting. This places greater demands on development projects, with increased requirements for compensation, long-term management and monitoring. It has implications for planning timeframes, design, legal agreements and project viability.
This seminar will provide a brief history of Biodiversity Offsetting and Net Gain in England and an overview of its policy basis (national and local). It will review where and how policies are being implemented, consider the implications for the development planning process and discuss how to engage with this rapidly developing policy area.
08.45 – 09.15 Registration and buffet breakfast
09.15 – 10.00 Biodiversity Offsetting and Net Gain: Implications for the development planning process
10.00 – 10.15 Discussion