New analysis reveals that the UK government’s Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) laws will secure over 15,000 ha worth of biodiversity in England each year.
Set to come into effect this November, BNG requires property developers to invest in measures that increase the biodiversity score of sites by at least 10% as part of the planning process.
This policy will boost natural habitat across the country, with data showing the biggest uplifts experienced in the South East and East of England across the regions.
Ahead of the policy coming into effect in November, the research by biodiversity proptech Joe's Blooms shows that the South East and East of England will experience the highest increase in biodiversity across English regions – about 2,700 ha in the South East and 1,900 ha in the East of England each year.
Metropolitan districts across the country will also see a boost in biodiversity – the research finds that Birmingham, Leeds, and Manchester will see the most significant increase in green spaces as new developments continue to expand.
Dr Robin McArthur, chair of the Joe’s Blooms advisory board, said:
‘Biodiversity Net Gain provides the housebuilding sector with an opportunity to contribute to the UK’s biodiversity. For the first time, new developments will result in the reappearance of nature in our local communities.
'This analysis demonstrates that biodiversity and nature recovery can be a central part of housing development. It’s important that developers of all sizes are supported to deliver these ambitious targets that will create more green spaces and enhance plants and wildlife.'
Joe’s Blooms is a digital solution that helps property developers and others enhance their local environment with solutions that are compliant with the new BNG regulation.