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Home / News and Insights / Press / Biodiversity Net Gain rules come into force for small sites

In spite of the second phase of biodiversity net gain legislation coming into effect this week, partner Angus Walker highlights the lack of strategy among local authorities in implementing it.

Commenting in articles for Building, Farmers Weekly and Housing Today, he states:

‘While this has not yet caused significant problems, the extension of the rules to cover even the smallest developers – those with fewer resources to meet a major new compliance burden – could well struggle.

Councils will have to rapidly get to grips with BNG rules, or else find that development in their area comes to a halt.’

The full articles can be access on the Building, Farmers Weekly and Housing Today websites.

Two sites published on English biodiversity gain register without boundary details

The first two areas on the register for off-site biodiversity net gain (BNG) projects in England have faced criticism due to their exclusion of the location of their boundaries. Including a site of 3.2 hectares near Exeter and a 31.79 hectare initiative near Brighton, the sites must achieve at least a 10% improvement to biodiversity, after the introduction of BNG in February 2024.

Partner Angus Walker commented that the register does not show the body responsible for the planning agreement of the area, in an article for Carbon Pulse.

Read the full article on the Carbon Pulse website.

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