Government proposes ‘biodiversity net gain’ for new builds
The UK government has published plans to ‘place the environment at the heart of new development’ so it has.
Unveiled yesterday by environment secretary Michael Gove, the plans propose a ‘biodiversity net gain’ for new housing and commercial developments, ‘meaning habitats for wildlife must be enhanced and left in a measurably better state than they were pre-development’.
The proposed new rules would require developers to demonstrate how they’re improving biodiversity – for instance ‘through the creation of green corridors, planting more trees, or forming local nature spaces’.
According to the government, the proposals will improve things for both nature and people, with the ‘millions of pounds invested in environmental impact mitigation by developers every year’.
Furthermore, the proposals won’t impede the delivery of the ‘homes the country needs,’ making the government’s ‘vision of delivering 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s a reality’.
Mr Gove MP said: ‘Our commitment to protecting and enhancing our natural world can go hand in hand with our ambition to build more high-quality homes.
‘Mandating biodiversity net gain puts the environment at the heart of planning and development. This will not only create better places for people to live and work, but ensure we leave our environment in a better state for future generations.’
The government says it will now ‘work collaboratively with developers, water companies, tourism services, energy providers and waste specialists to better understand how profitable development can be a driving force of environmental improvement’.
Anyway, the proposals are now out for consultation and you can read all about them here.