Embedding Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Nick White, Senior Advisor—Net Gain & Green Infrastructure, Natural England
  • Dr Ian Mell, Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Landscape Planning, University of Manchester (event chair)
  • Rachel Hoskin, Director, Footprint Ecology
  • Tom Butterworth, Technical Director – Biodiversity, WSP
  • Andy Ruck, Official, Net Gain, DEFRA
  • David Lowe, Team Leader, Ecology, Historic Environment & Landscape, Warwickshire County Council
  • Emmanuel Deschamps, Environment Manager, Network Rail 
  • Roy Hymas, Planning and Net Gain, Natural England
  • Krista Patrick, Natural Capital Coordinator, Greater Manchester Environment Team


“Embedding an ‘environmental net gain’ principle for development” is the first proposed action in the Government’s recent 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment. The plan explains that "current policy is that the planning system should provide biodiversity net gains where possible" and a consultation on strengthened biodiversity net gains requirements has been published. In addition, the Government announced as part of the Spring Statement that biodiversity net gain for development will be mandated through the forthcoming Environment Bill. This is ahead of a future intention to "expand the net gain approaches used for biodiversity to include wider natural capital benefits, such as flood protection, recreation and improved water and air quality”.

Join Westminster Briefing on Wednesday the 8th of May in Central Manchester for an up to date brief on embedding biodiversity net gain in the planning system. We will examine current National Planning Policy requirements, future Government reforms, and actions leading areas & developers are already taking.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Defining & understanding ‘biodiversity net gains’
  • Net gains and National Planning Policy Framework requirements
  • The Government’s consultation: potential measures & impact
  • Net gains, biodiversity offsetting, and developer contributions
  • Developing local policies to promote biodiversity net gains
  • Net gains and good practice development principles
  • The difference between ‘biodiversity’ & ‘environmental’ net gains and what it means for the future

About the day:

The morning session will focus on net gains in the context of current & future planning system requirements.

The afternoon session will examine how biodiversity net gains can be embedded in practice, considering the roles of both planning authorities & developers and learning from existing case study examples.

We will provide morning refreshments and a networking lunch. Please let us know about any special needs or dietary requirements.

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 | 0207 593 5657

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

Wednesday 8th May 2019

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)


Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact customer.services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657

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