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EVENT - Biodiversity Net Gain - Facts, Challenges and Case Studies

6th February 2024: 8.00am arrival and breakfast. 8.30am start to presentations. Close approx. 10.30am


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Major new biodiversity regulations come into effect in January 2024. Planning permissions granted for new housing, commercial and infrastructure developments will be required by law to deliver at least 10% biodiversity net gain.

These regulations become enforceable by April 2024 for smaller developers, while major Infrastructure Projects are expected to comply by 2025.

In November 2023, the Government published the draft secondary legislation which provides the detail for the new biodiversity net gain framework, together with six statutory instruments which will become law in early 2024.

The new regulations may be challenging but, if planning starts early enough, they also present real opportunities to deliver better outcomes for nature, communities and building occupants. The outcome should be new habitats and green spaces. It’s something you now need to factor from the initial stages of project planning.

We have put together a panel of speakers who can provide insight and guidance into this new legislation and talk through case studies to aid compliance.

Our speakers are:

Helen Mitcheson, Environmental Lawyer - Freeths - Helen will be providing us with an overview of the biodiversity net gain regulatory framework for developers and land managers navigating biodiversity net gain requirements.

Helen is an Associate in the Environmental Law Team at Freeths LLP, where she specialises in natural environmental law. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Helen worked as a marine biologist and environmental consultant. Helen regularly presents on the interaction between science and law at scientific and legal conferences and is a guest lecturer at the University of St Andrews. She was listed on the inaugural ENDS Power List of 100 environmental professionals in 2022.

Oliver Ramm, Director - RammSanderson - Oliver will provide details and examples of what this means in reality and the impact on projects.

Oliver is a Director at RammSanderson which is celebrating its 10th year trading in 2024 and recently moved its head office to Nottingham. Oliver has been a consultant ecologist working across all sectors for 20 years and has worked extensively with Biodiversity Net Gain on a range of development, infrastructure and habitat banking projects.

Simone Codrington, Sustainability Manager - Willmott Dixon - Simone will look at why BNG is important for customers and those developing schemes and what it means for them practically with top tips for adherence and project examples.

Simone is an experienced Sustainability Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. Skilled in Environmental Awareness, Renewable Energy, Customer Service, Communication, and Conservation Issues. Strong community and social value understanding with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Environmental Science from The University of Reading.

There will also be a Q&A session after the presentations as we know there will be a lot of questions. Plus our speakers will stay for the post networking so you can talk to them further.

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Trent Bridge Cricket Ground West Bridgford Nottingham NG2 6AG

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