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Tara Garraty5 Mar 20241 min read

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The Impact of Biodiversity Net Gain Regulations on Housing Developments

Article Summary

The article discusses the importance of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) regulations in the context of rapid urbanisation, particularly in housing developments in the UK. BNG regulations, mandated under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and amended by the Environment Act 2021, require a measurable positive impact on biodiversity in new projects, with a key target of achieving a 10% increase for compliance. The focus is on integrating urbanisation with positive contributions to biodiversity, recognising the crucial role of biodiversity in ecosystem health, climate change mitigation, and overall well-being.

Prioritising BNG in housing developments transforms them into positive contributors to the preservation and restoration of natural habitats. The article emphasises the need for a holistic development approach where progress aligns seamlessly with environmental betterment, promoting human well-being and ecosystem health. BNG regulations necessitate considering biodiversity from the early stages of site selection to final landscaping, encouraging creative solutions such as green roofs, wildlife corridors, and sustainable drainage systems.

While acknowledging challenges, such as the availability of suitable land for development, the article suggests that sustainable building design and innovative approaches can alleviate some pressures. The shift towards a more collaborative, inclusive, and creative idea of urbanisation that incorporates nature is deemed worthwhile despite the balancing act between development constraints and biodiversity preservation.


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