During the Chancellors speech earlier today (13/03/19) he mentioned that he will introduce clauses into the forthcoming Environment Bill to mandate the requirement for bio-diversity net gain for development projects in the UK.
There are no further details at this stage, but following the recent consultation, which ended in February it is interesting to get this insight into the Government’s current thinking on this issue. https://consult.defra.gov.uk/land-use/net-gain/supporting_documents/netgainconsultationdocument.pdf
Landowners and developers need to be securing a better understanding of the natural capital and bio-diversity values of their land holdings to manage risks and secure opportunities.
Lockhart Garratt have extensive expertise in this field and would be happy to discuss how we might be able to support you.