Embedding Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Nick White, Senior Advisor - Net Gain & Green Infrastructure, Natural England
  • Julia Baker, Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Balfour Beatty
  • Nick Blyth, Policy & Practice Lead, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment
  • David Lowe, Team Leader, Ecology, Historic Environment & Landscape, Warwickshire County Council
  • Emmanuel Deschamps, Environment Manager, Network Rail 
  • Justine Lloyd, Ecology Manager, Lichfield District Council
  • Roy Hymas, Strategic Planning & Reform, Natural England
  • Further speakers TBC


“Embedding an ‘environmental net gain’ principle for development” is the first proposed action in the Government’s recent 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment. The plan explains that "current policy is that the planning system should provide biodiversity net gains where possible" and a consultation on strengthened biodiversity net gains requirements has been published. This is ahead of a future intention to "expand the net gain approaches used for biodiversity to include wider natural capital benefits, such as flood protection, recreation and improved water and air quality”.

Join Westminster Briefing on 7 March for an up to date brief on embedding biodiversity net gain in the planning system. We will examine current National Planning Policy requirements, future Government reforms, and actions leading areas & developers are already taking.

Key issues to be adressed:

  • Defining & understanding ‘biodiversity net gains’
  • Net gains and National Planning Policy Framework requirements
  • The Government’s consultation: potential measures & impact
  • Net gains, biodiversity offsetting, and developer contributions
  • Developing local policies to promote biodiversity net gains
  • Net gains and good practice development principles
  • The difference between ‘biodiversity’ & ‘environmental’ net gains and what it means for the future

About the day:

The morning session will focus on net gains in the context of current & future planning system requirements.

The afternoon session will examine how biodiversity net gains can be embedded in practice, considering the roles of both planning authorities & developers and learning from existing case study examples.

We will provide morning refreshments and a networking lunch. Please let us know about any special needs or dietary requirements.

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:

The event is CPD certified. A certificate is available after the event.

For registration enquiries please contact:
Customer.services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657

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

Thursday 7th March 2019

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Event to be held in Central London (venue TBC)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each

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