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Response to the Consultation on the Defra Net Gain Proposals

14 Mar 2019

Response to the Consultation on the Defra Net Gain Proposals  pdf_icon_white.png

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

Ellison Building

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. 

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