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BREAKING: The Environment Bill Has Been Granted Royal Assent

The long-awaited Environment Bill was finally granted Royal Assent and became enshrined in law on Tuesday 9 November after more than two years since it was first introduced.

Hailed as a “momentous day” by Environment Minister Rebecca Pow, the passing of this legislation yesterday now means it is a legal requirement for Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) to be incorporated into land development and planning, ensuring developments demonstrate a 10% increase in biodiversity. Lord Goldsmith’s opening remarks at the House of Lords commented that this was “the world’s best chance to reach agreement on the action needed to avert catastrophic climate change and support those already experiencing its effects.”

Read the current version of the bill here.


If you’ve got a development in progress or you are in the process of planning and want to talk about the impact of BNG on your plans, we can talk through your options with you. Please get in touch with us via our contact form on the website, or you can call us on +44 (0)1629 593958 or email us on