Developers will soon be legally bound to provide a 10 per cent improvement in biodiversity on all new schemes. The planning system is readying itself to deliver but what should landowners, housebuilders and developers be doing to prepare? And are they ready for this greener future? Bidwells’ Head of Rural Investment Roland Bull and RPS Ecology’s Mike Barker give Ben Lee the lockdown low-down on: • How planning and programme risk can be mitigated by assessing biodiversity requirements at an early stage • On-site or off-site? What does delivering net gain in biodiversity mean in practice? • Are developers and landowners fully aware of the implications of the Environment Bill, due for royal ascent later this year? • What’s our experts advice for developers bringing forward sites this year?
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