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Home / News and Insights / Press / Councils unprepared for biodiversity net gain

Partner Angus Walker recently submitted freedom of information (FOI) requests to all 317 local and 10 national park authorities in England, the responses from which reveal that just five local authorities in England have landowner section 106 agreement (s106) templates for biodiversity net gain (BNG) sites.

Commenting in articles for Planning Resource, Homebuilding and Renovating, Construction Management, Carbon Pulse, Specification Magazine and Estates Gazette which referenced this data, partner Angus Walker highlights the unpreparedness that it displays:

‘Worryingly, at least 30 local authorities appear not to understand that a landowner s106 agreement does not relate to planning permission, believing such agreements are part of a planning application.
‘We recognise that the BNG regime is still in its infancy, but the results of this FOI request do suggest that local authorities are at best not fully prepared or, worse, that they do not understand the regime at all.’

Read the full articles on the Planning Resource, Estates Gazette, Carbon Pulse, Construction Management, Homebuilding and Renovating and Specification Magazine websites.

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