How does the final guidance on biodiversity net gain (BNG) differ from the original proposals?

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How does the final guidance on biodiversity net gain (BNG) differ from the original proposals?

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Defra defines BNG as “an approach to development that aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than beforehand. This means protecting existing habitats and ensuring that lost or degraded environmental features are compensated for by restoring or creating environmental features that are of greater value to wildlife and people.” Croner-i has flagged up the Government’s intention to make BNG a mandatory element of nearly all new development in the article Biodiversity net gain: the new mandatory system.

The article mentioned above summarises the Government’s consultation paper on BNG. In July 2019 the final version of the guidance was issued as part of a wider-ranging document on planning guidance for the natural environment.

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