Fulfilling the Biodiversity Net Gain Duty in the Planning System

At Dods, what we do best is produce cutting-edge content and partner with the best thought-leaders - to bring to you insights, the latest policy information, best practice and an opportunity to exchange exciting ideas with peers. As, for now, you cannot join us at our live events, we will bring them to you, in the safety of your homes and offices. The Fulfilling the Biodiversity Net Gain Duty in the Planning System Briefing goes online! 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr Nick White, Principal Adviser – Net Gain, Natural England
  • Fiona Siequien, Team Leader—Planning for the Environment, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Jonny Miller, Principal Consultant—Biodiversity, WSP
  • Julia Baker, Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Balfour Beatty 
  • Mike Webb, Technical Director—Ecology, SLR Consulting
  • David Lowe, Team Leader, Ecology, Historic Environment & Landscape, Warwickshire County Council
  • Euan Hall, Chief Executive, The Land Trust
  • Further speakers to be announced


The Government has introduced it's “Enhanced Environment Bill” back into parliament. Biodiversity net gain (BNG) is top of the agenda, requiring that “new houses [built]… protect and enhance nature, helping to deliver thriving natural spaces for local communities”. The principle will legally tie LAs, developers and other stakeholders to a BNG mandatory duty, requiring all new development to fulfill specific BNG targets.

Join us on the 7th October for an up-to-date brief on the biodiversity net gain duty and what it will mean for new development. You will receive an update from MHCLG and Natural England on the net gain duty and delve into good practice ways of fulfilling the duty such as through local nature recovery networks.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Government plans to introduce the biodiversity net gain duty and what it means for new development
  • Understanding the “step change” in how planning and development will be delivered
  • What development, why, how much: the ins and outs of how the BNG duty will work in practice
  • Decisions, decisions: Making effective planning decisions with net gains
  • The challenges behind achieving net gain from a developer and local planning authority perspective
  • Nature Recovery and Net Gain: Producing local Nature Recovery Strategies to achieve net gains

About the day:

The day is split into 5 parts which will give you all you need to review how to fulfill the biodiversity net gain duty in the planning system:


(1) Keynote Address: Policy to date and Government Next Steps


(2) Embedding Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System


(3) A Double Perspective: Net gain for a developer and local planning authority


(4) Duty into Practice: What will the Biodiversity Net Gain Duty mean in Practice?


(5) The Different Approach: Achieving Net Gain Innovatively


Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in embedding biodiversity net gain in the planning system, including: local authority planning & environment teams; developers; ecologists, architects, surveyors & environmental consultants; wildlife trusts; and environmental groups.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com |

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: William.Egan@dodsgroup.com

Wednesday 7th October 2020

10.00am - 15.00pm 

Event to be held online.

Private Sector | 1 Place: £395


Public Sector | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact customer.services@westminster-briefing.com | 

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