biodiversity laws

Ben Horne speaks to The Telegraph about Britain’s strict biodiversity laws

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Biodiversity net gain regulations, now obligatory for significant construction projects as of February 12 and extending to small-scale developers since April 2, have been instituted under the Environment Act 2021. This framework for planning and development is designed to guarantee that the ecological landscape improves tangibly post-development. Consequently, developers are required to pledge a minimum of a 10 percent increase in natural habitat compared to pre-development conditions, which may involve initiatives like establishing new woodland areas.

Many people buying properties in the countryside – especially if they have been vacant for any period of time – face issues when it comes to animals, with bats among the most common. Ben Horne, Head of Country Buying, says an initial survey costs around £1,000 and, if bats are seen, two or three more surveys may be required at a similar cost. “This means it is quite possible that a homeowner could incur survey fees of £3,000 to £5,000 before even submitting a planning application,” Horne says.
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