Policy and Regulation, UK

Threadbare council finances threaten to undermine biodiversity net gain in England

Newly built houses in Cambridgeshire, England. The BNG rules oblige developers to leave sites with better biodiversity than when they began operations, as measured in terms of biodiversity “units” that consider the size of a habitat, its ecological importance and its condition. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images)

A UK law requires housing developers to deliver a 10% net improvement to biodiversity on their sites, but delivery may be problematic

New regulations compelling housing developers to improve their biodiversity measures may be hobbled by a lack of resourcing and expertise, as well as lacking ambition, say ...

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