The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) give their take on the Government's response to the consultation on Biodiversity Net Gain:
Government has today set out its response to the consultation on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), which closed in February this year.
We are pleased to see Government reiterate its commitment to mandating BNG, and that it will not introduce any broad exemptions from the scheme. It will introduce some narrow exemptions with which we are disappointed because, as is widely understood, biodiversity is in steep decline and all effort must be made to reverse this. In a world that continues to urbanise and seal the land with concrete, allowing seemingly small exemptions is death by a thousand cuts.
For small developments that will be subject to a simplified assessment process, we must stress that this assessment must be carried out by a competent ecologist. It would be inappropriate for a non-specialist to undertake this assessment.