A biodiversity gain plan shows how a development will achieve biodiversity net gain.
Applies to England
ThisBiodiversity draftnet guidancegain explains what will apply when becomesis mandatory.mandatory Wefrom will12 continueFebruary to update this guidance.2024.
The purpose of the plan is to:
- clearly and consistently demonstrate how development proposals meet the statutory
- provide evidence for your
biodiversity net gain (BNG )decisions
- help local planning authorities (LPAs) to determine whether the development meets the BNG requirements
Download the plan template
mustshould complete a biodiversity gain plan template. ThereThere’s area differentstandard templatestemplate for: majorand developmentsa andseparate smalltemplate sites
- for phased
What to include with your plan
Developers need to provide their:
- completed metric tool calculation
- pre-development and post-development plans (showing the location of on-site habitat, the direction of north and drawn to an identified scale)
Developers must also provide:
- a compensation plan if the development affects irreplaceable habitats
- biodiversity net gain register reference numbers if they’re
buyingusing off-site units
- proof of purchase if they’re buying statutory biodiversity credits
- a description of how they will manage and monitor significant on-site gains (for example, with a habitat management and monitoring plan)
For phased developments there are separate requirements. You will need to complete:
- an overall biodiversity gain plan
- a phase biodiversity gain plan
Submit your plan
You can submit the biodiversity gain plan to your LPA after they approve your planning application.
Your planning permission includes
Get a decision
The LPA has 8 weeks to approve or refuse your biodiversity gain plan. If they approve it, you
willcan havestart dischargedthe (fulfilled) your general biodiversity gain condition. development.
If you do not meet your BNG requirements, the LPA can take enforcement action against you. You
willmay be in breach of:
- planning conditions
- planning obligations
- your legal agreement
Updated box at top of page to state that biodiversity net gain (BNG) is mandatory from 12 February 2024 and removed the ‘draft guidance’ label. Added phased developments template link.