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      Biodiversity net gain in development

      Having a credible biodiversity plan for your scheme is becoming integral to securing planning permission and maximising end values.

      Biodiversity net gain, introduced by the Environment Act 2021, seeks to ensure natural habitat which is damaged through development is not just replaced, but enhanced by at least a further 10%.

      We assist developers who are unable to meet the 10% biodiversity net gain requirement on-site by conducting market analysis and using our landowner network to identify sites suitable for biodiversity offsetting. 

      As part of our service, we can identify and advise on appropriate counterparties to deliver the physical habitat creation and land management, as well as the agreement of robust contractual terms, which are critical to ensuring long-term environmental outcomes are secured. Importantly, we can advise on appropriate contractual terms that relieve the developer of the risk or liability associated with delivering the habitat creation or enhancement. 

      We are retained by multiple conservation organisations, developers and landowners to advise on financial and contractual structures to secure habitat creation projects associated with large developments. 

      Our services are tailored to your needs, providing effective solutions to meet development biodiversity net gain requirements.

      SERVICE OPTIONS

      Retrofitting

      We can help you reutilise the embedded carbon in your assets so you can improve the emissions from your existing estate and protect your historic properties.

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      Master planning

      The development industry has a huge role to play in the essential work of climate change and creating sustainable communities. Through master planning and urban design, you can make well-informed decisions now to contribute to hitting net zero carbon by 2050.

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      Net Zero Portfolio Strategy

      We need to think big and think combined to bring together all elements of sustainability to reach our targets. There is no single solution.

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      Specification of materials

      With sustainability policies moving so fast selecting the right goods, materials and services for your project can feel like trying to hit a moving target.

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      Carbon lifecycle analysis

      Carbon is emitted by a building when it's built, used, demolished and disposed of but materials have their own carbon life too. We’ll help you understand the past, present and future of your assets.

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      Biodiversity Net Gain

      Having a credible biodiversity plan for your scheme is becoming integral to securing planning permission and maximising end values. 

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      Nutrient Neutrality

      The local planning authorities across Norfolk have been impacted by guidance issued by Natural England in relation to the impact of increased nutrient loads on protected habitat sites.

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      Environmental Impact Assessments

      Adding value to minimise the environmental impact of your development or infrastructure projects from the outset and ensuring compliance with the legislative requirements of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

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      Social Value

      Delivering social value through developments is now required by updated compliance and policy, and by society more generally. This means a more sustainable and clearly articulated development resulting in a more valuable and marketable product and is something we are passionate about at Bidwells.

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      Stranded Assets Assessments Strategy

      With the sustainability agenda moving at pace, ensuring your property assets don’t get left high and dry is becoming an integral part of portfolio assessments.

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