IEMA welcomes Government biodiversity proposals to improve the planning system

IEMA has submitted a positive response to the Government’s proposals to make the achievement of Biodiversity Net Gain mandatory for new developments.

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

Following publication of the UK Government’s Biodiversity Net Gain Proposals, the global environment and sustainability body IEMA has welcomed the proposals.

IEMA Policy & Engagement Lead Nick Blyth commented:

“We support the overall thrust of the Government’s proposals to require developers and planning authorities to leave a positive impact on the environment as part of any new development. Without a requirement in law it will be very difficult for the Government to achieve its 25 Year Plan vision of improving the state of the environment.

However, there are a number of issues that need to be worked through to ensure that the scheme is successful. A mandatory requirement cannot succeed without investment in supporting tools, guidance and resources, and without the necessary environmental expertise available to local authorities. IEMA will continue to lead the way in pioneering good practice principles, guidance and advice. We will shortly be releasing a comprehensive guidance document with our partners CIEEM and CIRIA on biodiversity net gain”

“The Government’s Biodiversity Net Gain proposals form part of a wider suite of measures that the Government has made a commitment to deliver as part of the 25 Year Plan. As we prepare to leave the EU, it is more important than ever that the 25 Year Plan be put on a statutory footing, with mandatory requirements to improve the environment widened to include other areas such as water, air, soils and pollution.”

Download IEMA's consultation response HERE


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