Fulfilling the Biodiversity Net Gain Duty in the Planning System

In view of the continuous uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and our duty of care towards delegates, speakers, sponsors and staff, we have decided to postpone the event to a later date in the year.  

It is a decision we have not taken lightly. However, we believe it is the most appropriate one in the face of the current situation.  

We are now working to set a new date in the Autumn, which we will communicate to you during the first half of next week. Keep following us!

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr Nick White, Principal Adviser – Net Gain, Natural England
  • Fiona Siequien, Team Leader—Planning for the Environment, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Jonny Miller, Principal Consultant—Biodiversity, WSP
  • Julia Baker, Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Balfour Beatty 
  • Mike Webb, Technical Director—Ecology, SLR Consulting
  • David Lowe, Team Leader, Ecology, Historic Environment & Landscape, Warwickshire County Council
  • Euan Hall, Chief Executive, The Land Trust
  • Further speakers to be announced


The Government has introduced it's “Enhanced Environment Bill” back into parliament. Biodiversity net gain (BNG) is top of the agenda, requiring that “new houses [built]… protect and enhance nature, helping to deliver thriving natural spaces for local communities”. The principle will legally tie LAs, developers and other stakeholders to a BNG mandatory duty, requiring all new development to fulfill specific BNG targets.

Join us on the 21st of May for an up-to-date brief on the biodiversity net gain duty and what it will mean for new development. You will receive an update from MHCLG and Natural England on the net gain duty and delve into good practice ways of fulfilling the duty such as through local nature recovery networks.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Government plans to introduce the biodiversity net gain duty and what it means for new development
  • Understanding the “step change” in how planning and development will be delivered
  • What development, why, how much: the ins and outs of how the BNG duty will work in practice
  • Decisions, decisions: Making effective planning decisions with net gains
  • The challenges behind achieving net gain from a developer and local planning authority perspective
  • Nature Recovery and Net Gain: Producing local Nature Recovery Strategies to achieve net gains

About the day:

The day is split into 5 parts which will give you all you need to review how to fulfill the biodiversity net gain duty in the planning system:


(1) Keynote Address: Policy to date and Government Next Steps


(2) Embedding Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System


(3) A Double Perspective: Net gain for a developer and local planning authority


(4) Duty into Practice: What will the Biodiversity Net Gain Duty mean in Practice?


(5) The Different Approach: Achieving Net Gain Innovatively


Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in embedding biodiversity net gain in the planning system, including: local authority planning & environment teams; developers; ecologists, architects, surveyors & environmental consultants; wildlife trusts; and environmental groups.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com |

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: William.Egan@dodsgroup.com

Wednesday 7th October 2020

10.00am - 4.00pm (including networking lunch)

Event to be held in Central London. The venue will be announced closer to the date.

Private Sector | 1 Place: £595 | 2+ Places: £545 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each


15% Early Bird Expires - 4pm Friday 7th August 2020


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact customer.services@westminster-briefing.com | 

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