Ecology Solutions advises developers and planners on this emerging policy position, which it is expected will be fully adopted in 2020. In order to futureproof schemes, it is therefore highly advisable to consider Biodiversity Net Gain early in the project process, and indeed many Local Planning Authorities are already requesting this.
It is important to be able to demonstrate that the hierarchy of avoid / mitigate / compensate has been followed, and Ecology Solutions works to deliver practical long term enhancements and management to achieve a minimum net gain of 10%, the likely policy position. We work closely with landscape architects and other stakeholders to achieve the best habitat improvements as part of a scheme’s multi-functional green infrastructure.
We are experienced in using the Defra metric, as well as the similar scheme employed in Warwickshire, and would be pleased to discuss your project requirements.