HOW DOES IT WORK?

Under the Environment Act 2021, all developments in England must deliver a minimum of 10% uplift in biodiversity to meet planning requirements. However, new legislation can be complicated. We’re here to help developers with a straightforward solution.

Failure to comply with BNG requirements may lead to delays or the rejection of planning applications. As one of the first providers of BNG in the South West, we can enable early engagement in the planning process with an S106 agreement and a 30-year management plan.

If you are interested in purchasing BNG but do not know where to start; follow our four steps.

1. SHARE YOUR REQUIREMENTS

Business owners or developers can share their project requirements by submitting an enquiry. We will schedule a meeting to understand the scope of the project and to review the ecology report.


2. TERMS AGREED

Once an intent to proceed has been agreed and the ecology report approved, we will issue an offer to the developer, confirming, 1) unit price, 2) a letter of support for the application[1].

[1] This will include the need for a financial commitment (level and type negotiable)


3. PREPARING FOR APPLICATION

With terms agreed and the BNG units secured[1], the developer can submit their planning application. To support the application, we will issue the developer with 1) a draft S106 agreement and 2) a copy of Belmont’s 30-year management plan.

[1] Under the Environment Act 2023 evidence of BNG offset will be mandatory from November 2023 for all planning applications


4. PLANNING CONSENT

After planning has been granted and payment for the BNG units received, the developer will be issued a biodiversity credit certificate. This discharges the developer’s BNG obligations and all liability is passed to Belmont. Belmont undertakes accredited 3rd party monitoring and reporting, ensuring complete peace of mind for the full 30-year term.


 

MEET YOUR BNG REQUIREMENTS

Complete our BNG request form to find out the options and costs of BNG units to support your current and future development projects.

 

SUBMIT A BNG REQUEST

 

“The rewilding project at Belmont Estate is a great example of how a business can provide ecosystem services to help others be nature positive. I had the pleasure of being shown around the rewilding and rewetting site. What a project and a vision for offsetting and biodiversity enhancement.”

RESIDENTIAL LAND & DEVELOPMENT, JLL