Farming News - NG mandatory for small developments April 2

NG mandatory for small developments April 2

Today biodiversity net gain (BNG) becomes mandatory for small developments across England, meaning more than a million SME builders must now invest in measures that increase local biodiversity by 10% to secure planning permission. 


Joe's Blooms is a UK-based tech start-up that provides a digital solution to BNG, helping small developers and planners easily comply with the new rules. Last week the company launched its Biodiversity Net Gain Tool, the world's first digital solution designed to help small site developers comply with BNG laws. Developed in partnership with Planning Portal and the support of the National Federation of Builders, it produces all the site-specific data and legal documents small developers need to meet BNG objectives and secure planning permission. 


In case helpful for anything you're writing on the launch of BNG for small sites, I'm sharing a quote from the platform's founder below. Let me know if you'd like any more info. 


Founder of Joe's Blooms, Oliver Lewis CBE, said: "Today is a significant milestone for the housebuilding sector and for the country's natural environment. With small sites now a part of Biodiversity Net Gain, nature recovery will be at the heart of development in local communities and around the country. It's important that developers of all sizes are supported to deliver on this ambitious plan to create more green spaces and enhance biodiversity, and at Joe's Blooms, we want to make it as quick, affordable, and hassle-free as possible. If the sector as a whole gets this right, BNG is an opportunity for the country to lead the world in how to enhance nature through the planning system."