Planning and Development to follow an Environmental Conscience


By Dr Richard Bloor, Wilder Towns Manager at Kent Wildlife Trust The government has committed to new laws that will make it mandatory for property developers to deliver an overall increase in biodiversity on or near to development sites. This “biodiversity net gain” approach involves not only combating loss of wildlife habitat resulting from construction, but also creates an opportunity for it to be left better off.  Following consultations with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), where the Wildlife Trusts were given the opportunity to make the case for putting wildlife at the heart of planning policy,