In the first of our series of articles on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), we explored what is due to happen in November 2023 and how the new 10% biodiversity net gain targets will affect development.
We also discussed how, in anticipation of the minimum BNG standard coming into effect, some local planning authorities (LPAs) have already implemented their own BNG targets as part of local planning policy.
In the second of our series of articles on the issue, Planner, Henry Bourne, explores what BNG policies have been adopted by local authorities in Surrey and Sussex, and what the potential implications are for land promoters in the region.
Some LPAs (14 to be exact) are in the process of setting policies that will require developers to deliver a level of biodiversity net gain (BNG) which exceeds the impeding 10% minimum requirement due to be introduced in November.
But are these local authorities setting a precedence on BNG which developers should aspire to deliver as standard, or are these targets simply isolated examples that developers will need to be aware of on a case-by-case basis?
In Surrey and Sussex, for example, two new BNG policies were adopted in March 2023 which now form part of the Local Development Frameworks for Guilford and Worthing.
It is not impossible that the adopted policies for these two boroughs are used as templates for new local plan policies elsewhere in the country, so, let’s explore them in more detail.