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After many years in the making, Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) comes into force in England from today, Monday 12 February 2024.[1] Because Mandatory BNG only attaches to new planning applications made after today, there are not anticipated to be any immediate fireworks and this week will likely not feel a great deal different to […]

Join us for our next webinar where we’ll provide an overview of the legal issues surrounding nutrient neutrality and the implications these are having for development across the country. This will include the recent Court of Appeal case “C G Fry & Son Ltd v Secretary of State for Levelling Up Housing and Communities”. Date: […]

The Freeths’ Environmental team are delighted to host a webinar on the current status of marine protection in England and will consider some of the key priorities and next steps for enhancing nature recovery and biodiversity in the marine environment and how this can be aligned with offshore industry growth. Date: Tuesday 3 October 2023 […]

C G Fry & Son Ltd vs Secretary of State for Levelling Up Housing and Communities, an important case for housebuilders, was handed down by the Administrative Court last month. It has confirmed that, despite the UK having left the EU, developers are still required to comply with Natural England’s (NE) nutrient neutrality advice for […]

This is a legal course for English Local Planning Authority ecologists / planning officers on Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (“BNG”) (and related provisions) under the Environment Act 2021. This day-long course will include case studies. Questions and discussion will be invited and welcomed throughout the day. Join our experts as they provide a focus on […]

We are only six months away from the implementation of biodiversity net gain (“BNG”) requirements in the Environment Act 2021, which will become mandatory at the start of November 2023 and will apply to most development sites with some limited exceptions. Secondary legislation and regulations, including exemptions, are still evolving, but the government has made […]

Earlier this year, the Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) published for consultation its draft guidance on the application of the UK competition law rules to environmental sustainability agreements. The CMA acknowledges that industry collaboration is likely to be necessary to meet the UK’s binding international commitments and legislative obligations to achieve a net zero economy […]

New in the EU: Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive On 5 January 2023, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (2022/2464) (“CSRD”) entered into force in the EU. EU Member states now have 18 months (from 16 December 2022) to implement the CSRD into national law following publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. The CSRD […]

On 20 December 2022, at the Conference of the Parties (“COP 15”) of the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity, an agreement was reached by the almost 200 member states on a new Global Biodiversity Framework (“GBF”). This document replaces the previous Aichi Biodiversity Targets (1), agreed in 2010. A core theme of the conference was […]

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