Biodiversity Net Gain officially launches and we look at how it could affect your housing project

Biodiversity Net Gain could affect self builders such as this man with a laptop and headphones working outside in tree house
Biodiversity Net Gain plans will require homebuilders to ensure a positive contribution to local ecosystems during the construction of houses (Image credit: Getty Images)

Biodiversity Net Gain laws have been introduced meaning housebuilding projects in England will be required to provide a positive contribution to local ecosystems.

Homebuilding projects must now provide at least a 10% gain in biodiversity or else face having their planning permission rights removed. This forms parts of the government's plans to halt species decline by 2030.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.