Jonathan Wentworth at the UK Houses of Parliament, assisted by Laura Harrison, tells us about biodiversity and planning decisions in England. The report explains that biodiversity is declining in England. It explains that planning policy requires planners to refuse developments harmful to biodiversity.
Dr Wentworth says that the system isn’t working very well. Due to ‘inadequate monitoring and a lack of research’, impacts on biodiversity aren’t being well predicted, avoided or mitigated.
Sometimes, developers are allowed to ‘offset’ the damage they do to biodiversity. Is this a good idea? Dr Wentworth expains a variety of opinions about the use of biodiversity offsetting. He concludes, ‘Biodiversity offsetting may contribute, but additional measures… may still be needed to improve the consideration of biodiversity in planning decisions.’