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Defra announces new Biodiversity Net Gain timetable

by | 27 Sep 23 | Nature & Biodiversity, News

New date for Biodiversity Net Gain announced

Defra has today set out a new timetable for the implementation of the upcoming Biodiversity Net Gain legislation, following today’s earlier delay announcement.

Under the updated timetable, developers in England will be mandated to deliver 10% “Biodiversity Net Gain” from January 2024 onwards when building new housing, and industrial or commercial developments.

Legislation for small sites will be introduced from April 2024, as originally planned, with nationally significant infrastructure projects planned for 2025.

“The updated timetable and guidance we are setting out today will help smooth the transition,” says biodiversity minister, Trudy Harrison.

The government has committed to publishing all guidance and regulations by the end of November this year, including the statutory biodiversity metric, the draft biodiversity gain template, the habitat management and monitoring plan template and further advice packages for landowners, developers and local planning authorities.

“We welcome the timeline set out by the Government on Biodiversity Net Gain,” says Dr Robin McArthur, chair of the Joe’s Blooms Advisory Board.

“This means that we can create greener neighbourhoods that are more attractive places to live, work, and do business.”

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