Biodiversity Net Gain: Enhancing biodiversity is a new condition of planning policy

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Ecus Communications Team
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Ecus Communications Team

May 13, 2021

Head of Ecology for Ecus, Faye Durkin, features in an article by Sky News on Biodiversity Net Gain and the Environment Bill

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is soon to be made mandatory by the Environment Bill and developers will need to demonstrate that their project delivers a 10% improvement in the biodiversity value of their site.

At Ecus we’ve been working with some of our clients (including Network Rail, Keepmoat Homes and Engie) to develop their BNG plans to support planning applications for a few years now.

The recent Biodiversity Credits Pilot (BCP) project that Ecus worked on with Natural England offered us a real insight into the potential for working with landowners to increase the biodiversity value of their sites. The BCP project gave our multidisciplinary team the opportunity to work collaboratively to develop habitat management plans which achieve the best for biodiversity and we’re really excited about what the future holds for this area of work.

Faye Durkin: “Being asked to contribute to the Sky News piece regarding Net Gain highlights our position as leaders in this field. I’ve spoken to many of our clients over the past few months about Biodiversity Net Gain and what it means for them and I’m looking forward to being able to offer these lunchtime learning sessions in person as well as over teams as we move into the summer.”

Full Sky News article