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New launch date for BNG confirmed

by | 19 Jan 24 | Nature & Biodiversity, News

The new launch date for Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) has been confirmed following a secondary delay earlier in the week.

From 12 February 2024, BNG will be mandatory for all major developments (unless otherwise exempt) made under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Major developments include residential sites with 10 or more dwellings, or developments on sites greater than 0.5 hectares.

The legislation will only apply to planning applications made on or after the commencement date.

Applications for retrospective permission will be exempt, while applications made under any other route, for example deemed permissions by a Local Development Order will not be required to implement BNG at this time.

BNG for small sites has also been confirmed for 2 April 2024. The government defines small developments as residential sites with 1 – 9 homes, or if unknown the site is less than 0.5 hectares.

Commercial developments classified as ‘small’ refer to floor space less than 1,000 square metres or the total site area is less than one hectare.

While BNG for nationally significant infrastructure has again been confirmed for late 2025.

The government has confirmed minor changes have been made to the legislation and more information on this will be made available in the weeks leading up to 12 February.

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