Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) challenges

In the first of two blogs exploring Biodiversity Net Gain, we look at the challenge of finding solutions within site boundaries for developers.

For those unfamiliar with Biodiversity Net Gain, often just shortened to BNG, it is an approach that quantitatively accounts for biodiversity losses and gains on a development site.

Biodiversity Net Gain is becoming increasingly important, with the upcoming Environment Bill likely to introduce a mandatory 10% BNG gain on most developments requiring planning permission. We have found that several Local Planning Authorities in England are already stipulating this requirement.

Biodiversity Net Gain is development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before.  (Source: CIEEM)

What are the solutions?

Finding solutions to achieving Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) within the site boundary for developers can be a challenge.

Our expertise in BNG includes finding solutions to achieving BNG targets within the site boundary or land ownership. This avoids the need to look off-site to achieve gains and all the additional actions that go along with that, such as engaging with other landowners, agreeing habitat creation or enhancement plans with them, and putting management plans in place for an off-site area. This will save money and time.

On a recent project we were involved in for a leisure development in North Yorkshire, we were able to achieve a predicted 12% BNG within the site boundary, simultaneously adding value to the site and reducing costs for the developer.

Our experienced Ecologists and Environmental Managers are currently delivering Biodiversity Net Gain for housing developments, commercial developments and road and rail infrastructure projects.

Want to know more?

Email Steve Maslen for more information about our Ecology and Environmental Services, and Biodiversity Net Gain.

You can also learn more about our Ecology services on our webpage, and find out more about our wider Environmental services here.

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