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  • Shalini Singh

Embracing Biodiversity Net Gain: A Step Towards Sustainable Development

In a groundbreaking move, England has taken the lead globally by enshrining Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) into law, setting a new standard for sustainable development. Effective from 12th February 2024, major housing developments are now mandated to deliver at least a 10% benefit for nature, marking a significant milestone in the country's commitment to halting species decline by 2030.

Hands around blooming Earth representing protection and nurture

Introduced through the Environment Act 2021, BNG represents a pivotal shift in how we approach development, aiming to reconcile the needs of economic growth with the imperative of preserving our natural heritage. At Base Solutions Ltd., we applaud this initiative as a crucial step towards creating a more harmonious relationship between human activities and the environment.

With £10.6 million in funding allocated to bolster ecologist teams, planning authorities are empowered to embrace BNG as a cornerstone of sustainable urban planning.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow aptly describes BNG as a 'vital tool' that not only reverses the decline in nature but also fosters inclusive communities where access to green spaces is within a 15-minute walk for all.

Furthermore, the establishment of a digital register by Natural England to monitor off-site BNG projects reflects a commitment to transparency and accountability in environmental stewardship. This digital platform will serve as a vital tool in tracking progress and ensuring compliance with BNG standards.

Looking ahead, the extension of BNG requirements to small sites from April 2024 and the planned implementation for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects in 2025 signal a continued commitment to integrating biodiversity considerations into all facets of development.

In conclusion, Biodiversity Net Gain represents a landmark initiative that heralds a new era of sustainable development in England. By prioritising the preservation and enhancement of biodiversity, England is not only safeguarding its natural heritage but also paving the way for a more resilient and inclusive future for generations to come. This vision resonates deeply with Base Solutions Ltd.'s ethos of promoting environmental stewardship and social well-being through our consultancy services.

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