Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) delays

The ‘November 2023’ start date for mandatory biodiversity net gain looks to have been delayed. Government sources have told the BBC that it will not be introduced this year, but there are no further details from Government as yet and we await an announcement on a revised start date for its implementation. 

 In the meantime, the NPPF and local plan policies with respect to BNG still apply. It is still important to plan ahead and undertake biodiversity assessments especially at pre-application or site selection stage. This will help to understand the viability of your project, how best to integrate retained or enhanced habitats into your proposals, as well as new habitat creation, in order to achieve a well-designed scheme that supports biodiversity.

 For more information about our biodiversity services and assessments email or call 01234 330624.

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