Biodiversity Net Gain
Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is an approach that allows developers to work with local governments, landowners, and wildlife groups to support local nature priorities in order to leave biodiversity in a better state than before the development. It aims to deliver measurable improvements to biodiversity through enhancing existing habitats or by creating new ones.
Biodiversity Net Gain is already a material consideration for planning applications under the National Planning Policy Framework. However, from 12th February 2024 in England a minimum 10% biodiversity net gain is required under a statutory framework introduced by Schedule 7A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (inserted by the Environment Act 2021) for all major developments, and from the 2nd April 2024 will be required for all minor developments.
Please refer to Devon County Council Biodiversity Net Gain for further information.
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