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      Biodiversity Net Gain: An Opportunity for Nature

      Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is the mechanism by which new housing, commercial and infrastructure developments in England will become ‘nature positive’. As of 12 February 2024 all major developments must deliver a minimum of 10% BNG.

      06 Mar 2024 7 Minute Read

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      Developments will need to offset their impacts on biodiversity through habitat creation and enhancement that can be delivered both within development sites as well as off-site. However, this new legislation doesn’t just affect developments – it has implications on landowners and investors who will play a key role in the delivery of off-site BNG.

      We are thought leaders in the implementation of BNG and work with landowners and investors to establish habitat banks across England to provide a vital solution to developers with offsite BNG requirements. Our extensive experience in this sector has led us to believe that the delivery of off-site BNG will ultimately coalesce around the establishment of ecologically strategic, landscape-scale habitat banks that can offset multiple developments and maximise environmental outcomes.

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      The balance between on- and off-site delivery

      It is important that built-up areas include greenspace, which provides numerous benefits to both wildlife and society. Gardens, green roofs, amenity grassland and other urban greenspaces can act as stepping stones for wildlife moving across villages, towns and cities, and opportunistic species such as foxes and common pipistrelle bats can thrive in these areas. However, species more sensitive to anthropogenic pressures e.g. human disturbance, noise, and light pollution often avoid these areas.

      Urban greenspace provides access to nature for local communities, which is known to have health and wellbeing benefits, as well as other ecosystem services such as sustainable drainage systems, temperature regulation, and improved air quality.

      Therefore, where an area is lacking in greenspace, there is undoubtedly significant benefits to prioritising the delivery of habitat creation in that area and new developments implementing BNG on-site can serve this purpose. Though it is important to recognise that this is not principally delivering benefits for biodiversity.

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      Entering the BNG market

      A critical question for landowners and investors is whether a BNG scheme is a commercially attractive proposition. This is a complex subject and requires consideration to the costs involved from scheme set-up through to long-term implementation as well as an understanding of expected gross revenues.

      As Natural England provides more guidance on the regulation and implementation of BNG, and we build our experience in its implementation, we have developed a more thorough understanding not only of the practical delivery costs but also the legal and administrative costs involved.

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      Lower Valley Farm

      Lower Valley Farm

      Establishing a pioneering innovative biodiversity net gain initiative in South Cambridgeshire. Delivering significant environmental outcomes at landscape scale while enabling local developers to secure biodiversity units ‘off-the-shelf’.

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