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Biodiversity Net Gain Manchester: How we can assist
Biodiversity net gain Manchester
Biodiversity net gain is an approach to development whereby developers consider the environmental impact a project will have in terms of biodiversity. It aims to ensure the biodiversity is left in a better state than before the development was completed. This is done by avoiding loss of biodiversity and retaining natural habitats and ecological features.
Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is being requested more frequently by the Greater Manchester combined authority to inform planning applications. The aim is to demonstrate how the proposed development will be of benefit to biodiversity in a measurable manner.
Following the passing of the Environment Bill, mandatory biodiversity gain for developments in England will be introduced through the forthcoming Environment Act in 2023. Following this any development will be halted if it fails to meet the requirements. However, BNG is already required by the National Planning Policy Framework.
Biodiversity Net Gain Principles
There are ten crucial good practice principles of biodiversity net gain. These should help to achieve BNG if they are followed accordingly. The mandatory biodiversity net gain principles include the following:
- Utilise the mitigation hierarchy to minimise the impact on biodiversity
- Eliminate any negative impacts on biodiversity
- Communicate each BNG outcome with complete transparency
- Cover all areas of sustainability, including societal and economic factors
- Involve any pre-development and post-development stakeholders in creating mandatory net gain solutions
- Focus on producing long-term natural environment benefits from BNG. This will ensure a development leaves biodiversity in a better state than it was before
- Understand the variable factors and potential risks in order to achieve biodiversity and deliver net gain
- Offer nature conservation that exceeds the stated BNG requirements
- Determine a suitable method in order to secure measurable biodiversity net gains
- Ensure the best possible results from biodiversity net gain
How Can Collington Winter Assist with achieving BNG?
Our Greater Manchester ecology unit have helped numerous clients over the years. It is important to note that this varies across each local planning authority in the country. Completing net gain for biodiversity through development is something that we are qualified and experienced in.
We are determined to offer you the support you need in order to reach the required mandatory biodiversity bracket. Our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, holds a Natural England license. If you would like to find out more about biodiversity net gain, Manchester, feel free to contact us using the details below.
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Bolton Office: 01204 939 608
Dumfries Office: 01387 378208