Consultation outcome

Biodiversity offsetting in England

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

We received 460 substantive responses to this consultation, together with 486 campaign responses.

Defra and Natural England will continue to work with interested parties to develop our shared understanding of how best to compensate for biodiversity loss when it cannot first be avoided or mitigated, as required by the National Planning Policy Framework.

Original consultation

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This is a consultation on biodiversity offsetting and how it might be introduced in England.

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Consultation description

Biodiversity offsetting ensures that when a development damages nature (and this damage cannot be avoided) new, bigger or better nature sites will be created. This consultation sets out proposals for biodiversity offsetting and how it might be introduced in England.

The consultation provides an overview of biodiversity offsetting, explores how it might operate, and introduces the key issues that would need to be addressed. We are seeking your views on biodiversity offsetting and, in particular, your ideas for how we can ensure it delivers real benefits for the environment and the economy.

This consultation is open to everyone but we are particularly interested to hear from developers, environmental organisations, ecological consultants, landowners and potential offset providers.

The objectives of this consultation are to:

  • Introduce options for biodiversity offsetting in England and seek your views on them;
  • Gather the evidence to come to an informed position.

The consultation closes on 7 November 2013 and we will publish a summary of responses soon afterwards.

Biodiversity offsetting was one of the recommendations of the business-led Ecosystem Markets Task Force, to which the government’s response was published on 5 September 2013.