The implications of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) are far reaching not only for the development industries such as house building but also for landowners and land managers who will be delivering BNG units. The Environment Bill gained Royal Assent on Tuesday 9 November 2021, setting out the legal requirement for most types of development to achieve 10% net gain for biodiversity. However, the legal requirement to deliver 10% BNG is reliant on secondary legislation which has yet to come forward. We are still therefore in a ‘no man’s land’ between the legislation being finalised and the current national and local plan policies.
Defra has already developed a system to measure biodiversity and the BNG Metric is now in its 3.0 version. The metric provides a mechanism of measuring the pre-development baseline value of a site (measured in BNG units) and developers will be required to offset any losses plus 10%. Replacement BNG units can be provided within the development itself or offsite on separate land.
The Bill provides the legal mechanisms for securing BNG through ‘Conservation Covenants’ and has been specifically set up to create an open commercial market for buying and selling BNG units.
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Whether you’ve just discovered a protected species (bat/badger/great creseted newst) and need some immediate advice to allow work to carry on, or are at the early stages of your project and need to understand how to design for BNG as well as get the best planning outcome, Baker Consultants can help. We will work with you to navigate the legal processes for the whole duration of your development and provide you with robust, scientific, commercially-minded consultancy. Hands dirty or desk bound, our team is ready to take your call: 01629 593958 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Baker Consultants will be attending the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum’s online conference on the Next Steps for Biodiversity and Wildlife Protection in England on Wednesday 15 June.
Baker Consultants’ Director of Bioacoustics, Carlos Abrahams, will be hosting a CIEEM webinar on Survey Protocols for Bioacoustics Monitoring and Surveying of Birds on 9 June.
Andrew Baker, Managing Director at Baker Consultants, has provided his response to DEFRA’s Nature Recovery Green Paper in a supplementary issue of the Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) Journal.
The involvement and contribution made by Baker Consultants has been considerable.
Andrew Baker contributed to the legal team with insightful expert witness advice that has been key in helping the RHS bring its counter-argument forwards.
Principal Surveyor, RHS
Baker Consultant’s approach was critical to our success.
This was a major triumph for the team and Baker Consultant’s approach of seamless integration of access and recreation consultancy on one hand and ecology on the other was critical to our success.
QC Legal Counsel at CEG
Securing residential development for Bramshill House was a major achievement.
Baker Consultants played a key role in turning around Natural England’s initial objection to the scheme into active support for the development at the inquiry.
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