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Planning for Biodiversity and achieving net gain

18 January 2021 at 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM / South West England / England / Online

18 January 2021 at 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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RTPI South West | [email protected]

This webinar is brought to you by RTPI South West as part of the RTPI Online event Series

This webinar will look at a range of development scales and provide planners with the skills and confidence of how to achieve biodiversity enhancement and net gain to support and sustain our living environment. We will also hear how the five local nature recovery network pilots are working.


  1. Biodiversity Net gain and the biodiversity metric

    An update on plans to introduce a mandatory biodiversity net gain requirement through the Environment Bill. What this will mean for planners, developers and landowners alike, together with an introduction to the updated Biodiversity Metric 3.0 which will be used to calculate and evidence the minimum biodiversity net gain requirements.
    Nick White, Natural England

  2. Value in Nature: Strategic development planning for biodiversity

    A discussion on how local authorities and developers can plan ahead to ensure that locally desirable ecosystem services can be delivered by habitats created or restored as part of biodiversity net-gain. Including the possibilities for biodiversity net gain, biodiversity offsets and the creation of landscape scale habitat banks to become a key part of delivering national environmental targets on emissions, climate change, health and wellbeing, etc.. Can the government’s desire to deliver Environmental Net-Gain can be the driver for the conservation economy?
    Chris Walsh, Middlemarch Environmental

  3. Local Nature Recovery Strategies

    LNRSs are a new system of spatial strategies for nature, established in the Environment Bill 2020, covering the whole of England. They are designed as tools to drive more co-ordinated, practical and focussed action to help nature. The government is currently running five pilots in different areas of England to test the LNRS process.
    Juliet Viney, Defra Policy Adviser


Please book your place following the online booking prompts below. You will then be sent information on how to join the webinar a week before the event.

The webinar platform that we use is GoTo Webinar. You may want to check with your IT department whether you are able to access this. Otherwise you may want to prepare to join using a personal device. The webinar platform is suitable for smartphones/tablets if that is an option for you.   

Further Reading

RTPI Practice Advice - Biodiversity in Planning