Ecology and Biodiversity Net Gain
Biodiversity net gain is an approach to development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before.
New Forest District Council seeks to achieve a minimum of 10% biodiversity net gain as a requirement of planning permission for 'major' new build development, demonstrated using the Defra Biodiversity Metric. This accords with the Government's intention to introduce a 10% biodiversity net gain as a mandatory requirement in England through the Environment Bill.
'Minor development' is not exempt from providing biodiversity net gains but use of the Defra Biodiversity Metric will not normally be required.
'Minor development' consists of:
- residential development of nine units or less, on a site having an area of less than 1 ha.
- commercial development of less than 1000 m2 of floor space or on a site of less than 1 ha.
Interim Advice and Information Note
The Ecology and BNG Interim Advice Note updated in December 2022 can be read below or download a copy.
Biodiversity Duty Report
We have published a report to identify the work we do that contributes towards the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. The report highlights the main areas of NFDC's work that help us to deliver the 'biodiversity duty'. You can read below or download a copy
Ecology surveys for planning applications
Before you seek planning permission for many potential new land developments or building work at a residential property, for example an extension or rebuild, various site surveys must be done. This includes an ecological survey.