Achieving biodiversity net gain on new developments
We need to consider how attractive, accessible and well-designed open space is created and protected. Key issues include:
For individual developments the Local Plan (see glossary) will need to require biodiversity net gains. We will need to consider how we guide developers to achieve this. For example:
How the design of buildings themselves can support biodiversity through the materials and features they include, such as green roofs.
How landscape design can encourage biodiversity while meeting other functional requirements and being easy to maintain in the future.
How development supports wildlife in the face of climate change, through creating resilient new habitats.
How developments are phased and monitored to ensure that biodiversity net gain is achieved in practice and not just in theory.
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