07 Jun 2021 Sharing Good Practice: Biodiversity Gain and Minerals – Presenting at the Minerals Planning Conference 15 June 2021
On 15th June BSG Director Kirsty Kirkham will be speaking at the joint MPA RTPI Minerals Planning Conference on Biodiversity Gain and Minerals.
Kirsty’s talk will focus on the biodiversity provisions within the draft Environment Bill which will result in an amendment to the Town & Country Planning Act and require almost all development in England to demonstrate delivery of measurable biodiversity gain of at least 10%. This will be calculated using a nationally applicable metric.
The legislation is being introduced primarily to address the need by for some types of development, particularly housing, to deliver biodiversity gains, and so the emerging metric has been designed to reflect this. The mineral industry has a long established track record of delivering benefits for nature conservation and biodiversity through careful restoration, although ‘net’ gain has not been measured routinely in the past. The session will explore how the approach is being rolled-out and why its application to minerals may need to reflect the unique challenges and opportunities presented by minerals sites.
Other speakers will include David Payne – Senior Planning Advisor, Minerals Product Association, Dr Nick White, Principal Advisor Biodiversity Gain, Natural England and Max Heaver Net Gain policy & Legislation Advisor, DEFRA.
This year’s Mineral Planning Conference will consider the importance of Minerals in ‘Planning for a Green Recovery’ and will take place virtually. More information on the programme and to book your place can be found here: Minerals Planning Conference