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Housing targets could create more than 123,000 football pitches of natural habitat, says new research

by | 01 Feb 24 | Nature & Biodiversity, News

The biodiversity net gain legislation set to come into effect this month could see more than 123,000 football pitches of natural habitat created over the next five years.

New research from biodiversity tech start-up, Joe’s Blooms shows that the government’s commitment to build 300,000 new homes each year could result in securing the equivalent area size of Leeds and Birmingham combined in green spaces.

If these targets are met it could create an additional 44,500 football pitches of natural habitat, while avoiding the loss of 78,500 football pitches of biodiverse land over the next five years.

With 274 English councils having declared a climate emergency, Joe’s Blooms research shows BNG will play a ‘major’ role in boosting natural habitats across the country.

“This analysis clearly demonstrates the sheer potential of BNG, and how nature recovery can and will be a central part of housing development,” says Robin McArthur, chair of the Joe’s Blooms Advisory Board.

He goes on to say: “Working together, communities will see wildlife enriched with more green space, improving residents’ health and well-being, and boosting long-term income opportunities through green investments.”

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