BioDiversity Net Gain: a brief introduction

Includes access to Castle Point's SPD and SEA

What is Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)?

Here is Castle Point’s explanation of the BNG Strategy

Overview: In 2021 The Environment Act was passed into UK law. This Act attempts to stop the decline of species by 2030 and introduces a mandatory minimum Biodiversity Net Gain of 10% within any future development. This will – hopefully – ensure that such developments can improve existing habitats or create new ones for nature.

What is Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)?
BNG is a strategy to stop any loss of nature. It is a way to allow the development of land whilst attempting to contribute to the recovery of nature in the process. It is a tool that will aim to ensure habitats for wildlife are in better condition than they were before development, and allow biodiversity to flourish afterwards.

The benefits BNG can have include protecting, enhancing and creating new local habitat networks. This will also have a positive impact for the wider community with improved open spaces, green networks, enhanced air quality and flood resilience which will improve the borough’s overall resilience to climate change.

How will the Council do this?   A ‘Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)’ has been prepared to ensure the Council meets its requirements to implement BNG and provide clarity for all stakeholders explaining how this will be implemented within the borough.

In case the Castle Point web-site no longer shows the SPD or SEA;  they have been loaded below.

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