Property Development: Nature Conservation

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 21 March 2023.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care), Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to bring forward regulations to govern whether and when developers can clear wildlife habitats without approval to win planning permission on private land, and if that will include powers to impose penalties and forms of bio-diversity remediation.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Legislation and national policy affords strong protections to key species and their habitats from development. We are going further by introducing mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) which will require that all new relevant development proposals must deliver at least a 10% net gain in biodiversity.

The BNG framework includes specific provisions to address pre-development habitat degradation.

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