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Biodiversity Net Gain

This is a pre-recorded webinar. To view webinar is 30 mins. It is available from 4 March 2024

FREE TO EMAQ+ MEMBERS

This introductory session covers a high level overview of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and what is required for LPAs to from reviewing planning applications and implementation of BNG policies.

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Biodiversity Net Gain - What Makes A Good Planning Application

This is a pre-recorded webinar. To view webinar is 20 mins. It is available from 3 April 2024

FREE TO EMAQ+ MEMBERS

On the 12th February 2024, Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) became a mandatory requirement for planning applications (with some exceptions) under the Environment Bill. Ricardo would like to share with you our experience in delivering successful planning applications for BNG and the key to achieving that. We will be looking at what’s required from applicants,  how to review applications and some key aspects to be considered such as valuing habitats, the mitigation hierarchy and good quality deliverables.

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Nutrient Neutrality

This is a pre-recorded webinar. To view webinar is 30 mins. It is available from 29 April 2024

FREE TO EMAQ+ MEMBERS

In this webinar, we will be discussing Nutrient Neutrality. The webinar will cover the following aspects:

1) Populating and reviewing nutrient budget calculators for England and Wales, including the key requirements of the inputs to the nutrient budget calculators, based upon our relationship working with Natural England and Natural Resource Wales.

2) Identifying strategic mitigation solutions at the catchment scale using innovative geospatial and digital solutions.

3) Identifying offsite opportunities for developers to prove nutrient neutrality. From locating a solution, to negotiating purchase agreements to reviewing mitigation solutions for approval by Natural England.


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Nutrient Neutrality: Tackling Challenges and Embracing Environmental Opportunities

This is a pre-recorded webinar. To view webinar is 1.5 hrs. It is available from 3 April 2023

FREE TO EMAQ MEMBERS

The legal requirement for some developments to be 'nutrient neutral' to meet habitat regulations has created a new set of challenges for local planning authorities (LPAs) and developers. Developers must avoid or mitigate the potential eutrophication risks created by net increases in nutrient export to protected conservation sites. This novel issue creates a range of habitats regulation assessment (HRA) scenarios that have little-to-no precedent.

Nutrient neutrality is a complex, multifaceted problem to resolve but it also creates a set of potential opportunities for developments to have additional environmental benefits.   

To date, Ricardo’s water management and planning team have delivered a range of projects on nutrient neutrality, helping local authorities and regulators develop approaches and guidance to progress new development. These projects have allowed our team of experts to develop a pragmatic approach to these issues. This has helped to maximise the environmental benefits that nutrient neutrality can create, whilst enabling planning authorities and developers to progress new developments that may be ‘stuck’ due to requirements for nutrient neutrality.

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