Response to the Consultation on the Defra Net Gain Proposals
14 Mar 2019
From Professor Alister Scott University of Northumbria and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow
Alister Scott BA PhD MRTPI FHEA
Professor of Environmental Geography
NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow (Green Infrastructure)
Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Engineering and Environment
Newcastle NE1 8ST
Introduction : why we need mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)
Currently biodiversity in the UK is under significant and ongoing decline with marked reductions across most ecosystem services first identified in the UKNEA (2011).
Consistently there are other requirements such as housing and employment land needs that dictate the development agenda. Biodiversity comes to the table often at a later stage in the planning process weakened unless the development sits in a protected site.