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Achieving biodiversity net gain on new developments

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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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