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How will local councils discharge new BNG duties?

Planning Update June 2024


Spending watchdog has questioned how local councils will discharge new Biodiversity Net Gain duties.


Planning specialists, Chrisa Tsompani and Stephanie Hall explain:


The report reveals that some local authorities have expressed concerns that they are not ready to implement their duties relating to implementation, monitoring and enforcement of BNG. Furthermore, it is not clear whether Defra will have sufficient monitoring data to assess performance and therefore no assurance that statutory BNG is delivering the desired biodiversity outcomes and value for money. The report also highlighted the need for the market in offsite credit banks to scale up to meet demand.


Read the full report here.


To hear more about Biodiversity Net Gain and Section 106 Agreements, watch the recording of our webinar hosted by Stephanie and Chrisa: https://www.djblaw.co.uk/s106-27-3-24.



Chrisa Tsompani is a Planning Partner at Davitt Jones Bould. She is highly experienced in complex planning and environmental issues, having advised on planning and highway agreements, Biodiversity Net Gain, development control, enforcement, planning policy, s106 and s111 agreements as well as compulsory purchase orders to name a few.   



Stephanie Hall (Partner)

Stephanie is a specialist Planning Solicitor. She has been ranked in the Legal 500 both in 2023 and 2024, with clients describing her as ‘’practical, commercially minded, approachable and clear in her advice’’. Whilst working at Manchester City Council, she was twice recognised as one of the top 10 local authority planning lawyers in Planning Magazine’s annual survey.





 


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