Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) principles

Developing a set of principles that can guide Oxfordshire's approach to Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG).

Snake's head fritillary flowers growing wild in Magdalen Meadow next to the River Cherwell. in Oxford, Oxfordshire UK.


New legislation introduced by the Environment Act (2021) requires developers to demonstrate a minimum of 10% net gain in biodiversity in order to gain planning permission.

This new Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) legislation has the potential to bring benefits to wildlife in Oxfordshire, but there is currently a lack of guidance about how to implement the policy effectively.

What we're doing

We're working with our partners and benefitting from their broad expertise to develop on a set of principles that will help ensure BNG works for Oxfordshire's wildlife and people.