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Environment Bill summer policy statement: July 2019

The forthcoming Environment Bill seeks to establish a comprehensive legal framework for environmental improvement. It will also create a new Office for Environmental Protection. Defra have published a summer policy statement paper on the Bill.

Through the Bill, Defra will introduce a mandatory approach to biodiversity net gain. This will require developers to ensure habitats for wildlife are enhanced, with a 10% increase in habitat value for wildlife compared with the pre-development baseline. Exemptions for certain types of development will be made in a targeted way, and we will continue to work to establish potential approaches to achieving biodiversity net gains for nationally significant infrastructure projects and marine development, which remain out of scope of biodiversity net gain in the Bill.

To help guide key policies like net gain, planning and the future Environmental Land Management system, it will introduce a new statutory requirement for Local Nature Recovery Strategies. These strategies will help to map out important habitats and opportunities for the local environment to be improved, linking communities’ knowledge and priorities with national environmental objectives.

Posted 26/07/2019 13:37

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