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Biodiversity for Planners & Developers: The New Law

Biodiversity for Planners & Developers: The New Law


Join us in person or remotely and get up to speed with Biodiversity and the forthcoming Environment Act.

About the seminar

Earlier this year, and in anticipation of the forthcoming Environment Act, the Biodiversity Metric 3.0. was published. Biodiversity Net Gain as part of the planning process is set to become law once the new Act is in force; but many local planning authorities are already considering Biodiversity Net Gain when assessing new development projects and the voluntary provision of measurable net gains can improve prospects for obtaining planning permissions in any event. So all planners, ecologists, lawyers, developers and their professional advisors need to get up to speed now with the concepts and application of measurable biodiversity gains to prepare themselves for these evolving requirements and opportunities. Not least, to make sure that new and emergent projects do not fall foul of these future requirements.

This half-day seminar + free book will help you do just that. A panel of lawyers, ecologists and planners will answer the key questions that you might have including:

  • What will the forthcoming Environment Act say about biodiversity?
  • How will Biodiversity Gain Plans, planning conditions and section 106 agreements interact?
  • How do you measure and evidence biodiversity net gains?
  • How do you maximise net gain?
  • What needs to be done before the statutory scheme comes into force?
  • Is Biodiversity Net Gain an impediment or an opportunity?

The panel of speakers will include Tom Graham, author of the forthcoming book The Environment Act 2021: A Guide for Planners and Developers and all delegates will get a copy of the book sent to them free when it is published in Spring 2022.

Dates and Venue
  • When? 10am - 1pm, Thursday 25th November
  • Where? One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA or on your computer
  • How much? £150 + VAT if booked before 31st October 2021 (price includes free print and digital editions of The Environment Act 2021: A Guide for Planners and Developers sent on publication and a copy of the recorded seminar)
Outline programme
  • 10.00 - 10.10: Intro from the Chair
  • 10.10 - 11.00: what does the Environment Act say about biodiversity and why does it matter to planners and developers? (Tom Graham)
  • 11.00 - 11.20: refreshments
  • 11.20 - 12.00: how to calculate biodiversity net gain (Nick White, Natural England)
  • 12.00 - 12 30: Planning policy, the NNPF and biodiversity (Alistair Mills)
  • 12.40 - 13.00: panel discussion

ChairMartin Goodall, author of A Practical Guide to Permitted Changes of Use and The Essential Guide to the Use of Land and Buildings

Tom Graham, is a barrister specialising in planning and environmental law. He is author of The Environment Act 2021: A Guide for Planners and Developers and A Practical Guide to Planning, Highways & Development (both Bath Publishing)

Dr Nick White, Principal Advisor - Net Gain, Natural England

Alistair Mills, is a Fellow and College Lecturer in Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is a practising barrister, as well as being author of Interpreting the NPPF (Bath Publishing) and an Assistant Editor of the Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice

Can’t make the seminar? Then pre-order the book!

Tom Graham’s new book will cover biodiversity in detail as well as explaining the other provisions in the new Act that will impact on new developments. So if you cannot make the seminar you can pre-order the book and take advantage of a free digital edition offer on all pre-orders.

  • Publication due early Spring 2022
  • Paperback + free digital edition if you pre-order
  • £40 + £4 p&p
  • c200 pages

Read more and order here


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