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News | Published December 03 2018

Gove's new biodiversity plan mirrors Bericote's commitment to sustainability

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched plans to ensure that environmental concerns, specifically concerning biodiversity, are placed at the heart of new developments. These plans include a clause that would require developers to deliver a “biodiversity net gain”: ensuring that wildlife habitats must be left in a better state than before the development. Bericote, who featured in the Property edition of The Parliamentary Review, are well acquainted with incorporating sustainability into their developments and have been ranked “excellent” by BREAAM.

These new rules would require developers to assess local habitats and publish details of its condition before they submit plans for development. Developers would then be required to demonstrate that they are improving this local biodiversity. This could be achieved through a number of possible channels: planting trees, forming local nature spaces or creating green corridors. If this is not possible, an exception reserved for rare cases, the developers would be charged a levy to create habitats, or improve them, elsewhere.

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The press release from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs states that although some developers have been following this approach voluntarily, these new mandatory guidelines would provide clarity on how to improve the environment. It also states that “It will still deliver the homes the country needs – making the Government’s vision of delivering 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s a reality – at the same time as contributing to the goal of passing on our environment in a better condition.”

The plans are currently under consultation and DEFRA states that they are first step toward their ambition to realise the wider principle of “environmental net gain.”

Michael Gove, Environment Secretary, announced that “Our commitment to protecting and enhancing our natural world can go hand in hand with our ambition to build more high quality homes.”

Richard Saint, the managing director of the company, wrote that “we are committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our buildings by lowering the water and energy usage along with the amount of waste generated during construction and throughout the building’s life"

Bericote, a representative of The Parliamentary Review, are such an organisation that has been voluntarily contributing to the improvement of local environments. Richard Saint, the managing director of the company, wrote that: “We are committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our buildings by lowering the water and energy usage along with the amount of waste generated during construction and throughout the building’s life. We aim to be a responsible developer from inception to completion, fully engaging with local communities and our customers during the planning and design processes to actively promote sustainability, ecology and the environment. 

He continued "As part of this approach to sustainable development, certain green technologies represent a shopping list for our customers, who may well have their own corporate environmental policies or requirements to meet. We are proud to have achieved a BREAAM “excellent” rating.”