Consultation outcome

Biodiversity net gain: updating planning requirements

This consultation has concluded

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Biodiversity net gain and local nature recovery strategies: impact assessment

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Detail of outcome

23 July 2019: We have now published the summary of responses and government response. At Spring Statement this year, government announced it would mandate net gains for biodiversity in the Environment Bill. The government response sets out how we will work to bring this into force.

Read the updated policy statement on the progress of the Environment Bill.

Detail of feedback received

25 April 2019: We received 470 responses to this consultation. We are finalising our analysis and expect to publish a government response to the consultation alongside the Environment Bill later this year.

Original consultation


Seeking views on how we can improve the planning system in England to protect the environment (biodiversity net gain) and build places to live and work.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our proposals to make biodiversity net gain necessary for developments when granting planning permission. Biodiversity net gain is an approach which aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than beforehand. In particular, we’re interested in hearing views on:

  • standardising the approach so that it’s simpler and clearer for developers
  • whether we should add this requirement
  • how we could implement the net gain approach
  • how we should measure and monitor the net gain approach

We’re also seeking evidence on how we could also include other environmental improvements.

This applies to England only.

Published 2 December 2018
Last updated 15 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added the impact assessment.

  2. Added the summary of responses and government response.

  3. Added a note on the number of responses received and when we will be publishing the government response.

  4. First published.