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Biodiversity Net Gain BNG for sustainable development

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) for Sustainable Development

Introduction to Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)

Today marks a significant milestone in environmental conservation efforts in England, with the introduction of the new Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) legislation on February 12, 2024. This legislation mandates a 10% improvement in wildlife habitats post-development, marking a significant shift in planning regulations to enhance biodiversity alongside new developments.

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) Legislation and Its Impact

The BNG legislation requires developers to ensure a tangible increase in wildlife habitats by at least 10% in new development projects. This policy applies to major housing and infrastructure developments, typically involving the construction of 10 or more houses. The goal is to benefit the natural world directly from developmental activities, ensuring that growth does not come at the expense of our environment.

Introduction of the Biodiversity Gain Site Register

A cornerstone of the new BNG legislation is the launch of the Biodiversity Gain Site Register and accompanying digital services. These tools have been developed through extensive research, involving over 275 hours of user research and collaboration with more than 580 stakeholders. The aim is to provide a robust framework for ensuring compliance and facilitating the integration of biodiversity enhancements into development projects.

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The Role of Ecologists in Achieving BNG

Ecologists play a crucial role in this process, utilising the “Statutory Metric” to assess, project, and calculate biodiversity levels before and after development. Their expertise is vital in ensuring that the required 10% BNG is achieved, offering solutions and modifications to project designs where necessary.

Digital Services to Support BNG Implementation

The BNG services offer landowners, developers, and local planning authorities comprehensive tools to facilitate habitat enhancements and assess biodiversity impacts. These digital offerings are designed to streamline the BNG process, with ongoing support and updates planned to refine and expand these resources.

Expansion to Smaller Projects and Future Plans

The legislation will extend to smaller projects and eventually encompass the largest Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects by 2025. This inclusive approach ensures that all levels of development contribute to the goal of biodiversity enhancement.

Solutions for Achieving the 10% BNG

For projects where on-site BNG is challenging, developers can purchase government credits or implement off-site measures. The digital services introduced alongside the BNG legislation are instrumental in guiding developers through these options, ensuring efficient navigation of the BNG requirements.

Embracing the New BNG Law

The BNG legislation represents a forward-thinking approach to development, balancing the need for growth with the imperative to protect and enhance our natural world. It is a step towards sustainable development that considers the long-term impacts on biodiversity.

RSS Infrastructure: Your Partner in Achieving BNG

At RSS Infrastructure, we are prepared to guide you through the complexities of BNG integration. With the expertise of our team, including Principal Ecologist Alex Blundell and our dedicated team of experts, we are committed to supporting your project in meeting the BNG targets and contributing positively to environmental conservation.

The introduction of the BNG legislation and its accompanying digital services marks a new chapter in sustainable development. By collaborating with developers, ecologists, and local planning authorities, supported by innovative digital tools, we can achieve a future where development and biodiversity thrive together.

Contact RSS Infrastructure

Connect with Alex Blundell, our Principal Ecologist, to explore how we can assist you in navigating the BNG process and contributing to a greener, more sustainable world. Call us at 0330 113 0004 or ecology@rssinfrastructure.com

About Us

RSS Infrastructure (RSSI), based in Birmingham, Cwmbran, Doncaster and Tonbridge, provides infrastructure services for the rail, civil, and utilities sectors. We serve clients like Network Rail, WMCA, HS2 and Tier 1 & 2 contractors. Our services include Arboriculture, Civils and Construction, Geofencing, Industrial Rope Access (IRATA), Magnetic Track Safety, Rail Operations including Possession Management and P/Way, Rail Welding, Signalling, and Track Warning Services.

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