Biodiversity Net Gains
Biodiversity Net Gain is an approach to development that ensures that land is in a measurably better state than it was following development. Due to emerging policy via the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2019) and the recently published Environment Bill 2019-20 (which at time of writing was still making its progression through Parliament) Biodiversity Net Gains are going to be a mandatory part of the development process.
Ecological Consultancy Services
As a team of experienced ecologists, we have worked on a diverse range of projects within a wide range of sectors. We offer clients a range of services including Protected Species Surveys, Habitat Surveys, Ecological Reporting and Ecological Mitigation. Together, our dedicated ecological consultants comprise an extensive range of skills and experience with which to meet the needs of your business.
‘Green infrastructure (GI) is a network of multifunctional green space, urban and rural, which is capable of delivering a wide range of environmental and quality of life benefits for local communities.’ National
Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 2019 (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 2019).
Multifunctional green and blue networks benefit both people and nature and are essential for thriving and sustainable communities. Research on the importance of access to green space for people’s health and wellbeing is well documented with current research finding links between a reduction in depression and obesity (Institute for European Environmental Policy 2017). Provision of these networks is also a vital response to climate change through the creation of low carbon neighbourhoods and to the ever-increasing threats to biodiversity through provision of improved links for biodiversity.
Building with nature
Building with Nature is a new set of design standards for use by developers and their design teams, and by policy makers, as a guiding set of principles. They came out of a collaboration between Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the University of the West of England. The standards enable nature-friendly features to be integrated throughout development.
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