February 12th, 2024 by James Goudie KC

There is a duty not only to conserve but also to enhance biodiversity. Section 135 of the Environment Act 2023,  on biodiversity net gain, pre-development biodiversity value and habitat enhancement, comes into force from 12 February 2024 : S.I. 2024 No. 92 ( C. 6 ).With some exemptions, all major housing developments are now required to deliver at least a 10% benefit for nature. Biodiversity Gain Requirements, linked to Biodiversity Plans, and with a concept of “ irreplaceable habitat “ , will be a condition of planning permissions. This follows six sets of Regulations made in January 2024 on biodiversity : S.I.s 2024 /45-50inv.

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