Councils staggeringly 'unprepared' for Biodiversity Net Gain law roll-out

Homebuilding projects must now provide at least a 10% gain in biodiversity
Homebuilding projects must now provide at least a 10% gain in biodiversity (Image credit: Getty Images)

Just five local authorities in England have landowner Section 106 agreement templates for Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) sites, according to new research.

All planning applications for development that affects over 25 sqm of habitat are now required to demonstrate a biodiversity net gain of at least 10%. Where that gain cannot be achieved on-site developers must buy BNG credits from the government.

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Angus Walker

Angus Walker specialises in representing clients involved in promoting or opposing applications for Development Consent Orders (DCOs) for nationally significant infrastructure projects governed by the Planning Act 2008. With over a decade of focused experience in this field, he is a recognised leader in this domain. In addition to DCOs, he offers counsel on hybrid bills, transport and works act orders, harbors act orders, and other specialised consents.

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