- All Tracks
- Planning Reform
- Biodiversity Net Gain
- Net Zero Carbon
- Community Engagement in Planning and Development
If implemented properly, 'Biodiversity Net Gain' has the potential to boost biodiversity and restore the natural environment. However, both Government and third sector bodies have warned that there will be challenges with introducing the policy, especially when it comes to dealing with the large number of 'small site' planning applicants who may struggle to comply with the new rules.
In this session, the former Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, will provide a recorded introduction setting out the intention behind this policy. There will then be a panel conversation exploring what the 'Net Gain' policy involves; how technical solutions can be deployed to help both small developers and Local Planning Authorities comply with its requirements; and what steps stakeholders should take to make sure that 'small sites' planning applications abide by the new legislation. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
To truly tackle the housing crisis, developers can’t afford to take a paternalistic approach to housebuilding - communities are key partners in creating successful places which will stand the test of time, argues Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Group Chief Executive of L&Q.