BIODIVERSITY
NET GAIN

VERSION 2 | Updated on January 1st, 2024

From January 2024, the UK Government, will require most planning applications to complete a Biodiversity Gain Plan, securing a 10% biodiversity uplift on their site. Learn more here with this useful guide to all aspects of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG). We make biodiversity simple.

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I’M A DEVELOPER, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

From 2024, developers will have to make sure that every planning application they work on fully complies with the new BNG laws. Failure to comply means risking development not being allowed to commence. 

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool you can: 

  • Fully comply with the whole BNG process from start to finish. Our tool streamlines the complex processes of measuring and calculating biodiversity, allowing developers, especially SMEs, to easily navigate and implement the new regulations.
  • Scenario plan, amend and assess different BNG solutions at no extra cost. With our tool, developers can easily compare different options for the project, experiment with different solutions, assess impact and costs and find the BNG solution that works for them.
  • Produce all the BNG documents you need to comply with the new law. The tool produces a complete Biodiversity metric sheet and a complete Biodiversity Gain Plan. Make sure you tick all the boxes to secure planning permission!

Useful Resources For Developers

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I'M A CONSULTANT, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

Starting in 2024, consultants will need to navigate the new BNG (Biodiversity Net Gain) laws for their clients. You will have to be able to help clients understand the biodiversity value of their land, and how they need to comply with the BNG process in order to commence any development work. 

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool you can:

  • Efficiently guide developers and stakeholders through the new regulations. Our tool ensures full compliance from start to finish. Become experts in the BNG process and offer effective, compliant solutions!
  • Streamline compliance and offer an end-to-end BNG solution. Our tool is an end-to-end, user-friendly platform. Offer your clients informed advice based on accurate and accessible data. 

With Explore you can: 

  • Maximise Client Satisfaction. Keep clients well-informed about their options. Find optimal solutions and undertake easy assessments of the biodiversity value and opportunities at any site.
  • Have efficient scenario planning: Our tool simplifies the process of assessing options for meeting BNG legal requirements. It allows for efficient testing of various scenarios, aiding in rapid decision-making and streamlined planning.

Useful Resources For Consultants

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I'M A CONTRACTOR, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

Contractors will have to ensure complete compliance with BNG on all relevant projects. It's crucial to be proactive and plan for any BNG-related issues that could lead to expensive setbacks. Joe’s Blooms offers state-of-the-art digital solutions to handle these challenges effortlessly.

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool you can:

  • Have an end-to-end BNG solution. Our tool ensures that all projects are fully compliant, streamlining the biodiversity process and making it simple to engage with while not compromising quality or high environmental standards.
  • Enhanced Project Management, With our tool you can easily see and engage with all parts of the BNG process, scenario plan and address biodiversity concerns while explaining options to your client with easy-to-understand GIS tools. The tool ensures smooth operations without unexpected disruptions.

With Explore you can: 

  • Maximise Client Satisfaction. Keep clients well-informed about their options. Find optimal solutions and undertake easy assessments of the biodiversity value and opportunities at any site.
  • Have efficient scenario planning: Our tool simplifies the process of assessing options for meeting BNG legal requirements. It allows for efficient testing of various scenarios, aiding in rapid decision-making and streamlined planning.

Useful Resources For Contractors

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I'M AN ECOLOGIST, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

In addition to bringing your ecological understanding to different sites, you will need to understand the new legal requirements and shifting metric requirements for calculating BNG. Joe's Blooms is here to support and empower ecologists and ecological consultants, offering advanced tools designed to streamline BNG data collection, analysis, and presentation. These tools not only assist in generating precise biodiversity assessments but also facilitate effective communication with various stakeholders.

With Explore: 

  • You can get a rapid, detailed BNG analysis for any site in England. Dive into comprehensive biodiversity metrics effortlessly. Take your survey data and easily determine the biodiversity unit value of any site and explore potential enhancements, all aligned with the Government’s Biodiversity Metric.

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool:

  • You will be able to easily communicate BNG issues. The Joe's Blooms Biodiversity Net Gain Tool makes calculating and explaining biodiversity net gains straightforward. Easily set out the baseline of a site and then have at your fingertips all possible solutions in a simple-to-understand GIS format
  • Collaborative Advantage. With Joe’s Blooms Explore and the Joe’s Blooms BNG tool you have a suite of programmes that allows you to communicate and collaborate seamlessly with developers, planners, and other stakeholders, all while ensuring biodiversity is front and centre in projects. 
  • Stay informed and ahead. Remain at the forefront of statutory BNG advances, meeting legal requirements and stakeholder expectations with tools tailored for ecologists.

Useful Resources For Ecologists

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I'M A LANDOWNER AND/OR ADVISE A LAND OWNER. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

BNG (Biodiversity Net Gain) presents a significant economic opportunity for landowners across England. Joe's Blooms offers intuitive tools that simplify identifying and exploiting these opportunities, enhancing your land's biodiversity while ensuring compliance and maximising land value.

With Explore:

  • In-Depth Biodiversity Analysis of Your Land. Joe's Blooms Explore provides a detailed examination of any land in England. Discover the potential for biodiversity enhancement and understand the market opportunity for selling off-site Biodiversity Units.
  • Cost Control and Flexible Pricing. See a range of cost-effective opportunities for any site. This, coupled with our reasonable pricing makes BNG assessments affordable and tailored to your needs.

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool: 

  • Seamless, Comprehensive BNG Compliance: If your goal is to create Biodiversity Units on your land, the Joe’s Blooms BNG Tool is your ideal partner. It simplifies the complex legal BNG framework, ensuring complete compliance with all necessary documentation.
  • Scenario Planning and Land Value Optimisation: The Joe’s Blooms BNG Tool puts you in the driver's seat. Explore various scenarios, select the most suitable solutions to enhance your land's beauty and increase returns. Testing different options and selecting the best fit has never been easier.
  • Stay Informed and Compliant. With Joe’s Blooms Explore and the BNG Tool, you’ll lead the way in sustainable, compliant land management. The tools guide you through the entire BNG process - a truly end-to-end solution.

Useful Resources For Land Owners and Land Agents:

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I WORK FOR A LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITY  WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

The introduction of BNG will put new pressure on overstretched local government. LPAs have the pivotal role of ensuring all relevant planning applications align with the new BNG regulations. Joe’s Blooms suite of both pro bono and low cost tools can help LPAs discharge their duties while also empowering them to make sure that local requirements are fully integrated into the BNG process. With the Joe's Blooms set of tools, you can ensure BNG compliance by making sure that all applicants go through an accessible yet rigorous compliance process, tailored to reflect your Local Plan and LPA’s needs.

With the LPA Portal:

  • Easily assess BNG submissions with our pro bono tools. Our free-to-use tools make it easy to check if an applicant has submitted all of the right information.
  • Take control of the BNG process. LPA officers can easily add additional material, requirements and obligations into the other Joe’s Blooms tools. From making sure every applicant in your LPA secures a specific uplift, to highlighting local priority habitats, the Joe’s Blooms LPA portal fully empowers LPA officers and puts you in the driving seat. 
  • Promote Biodiversity Awareness. Foster a culture of biodiversity appreciation and adherence among developers and stakeholders by using Joe’s Blooms tools to calculate and demonstrate the BNG potential in your area. 

With Explore:

  • See what options exist for creating BNG in your LPA. With Joe's Blooms Explore, LPAs can verify the biodiversity baseline value of any site in their area that they own and the potential to create new biodiversity units, including the indicative Biodiversity Credit price based on the latest HM Government information. 

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool: 

  • Take all the pressure off small site applicants. The BNG tool is an ideal tool for small site applicants, helping them fully comply with the new rules - and making your life easier!
  • Seamless, Comprehensive BNG Compliance: If your goal is to create Biodiversity Units on your land, the Joe’s Blooms BNG Tool is your ideal partner. It simplifies the complex legal BNG framework, ensuring complete compliance with all necessary documentation.

Useful Resources For Local Planning Authorities

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I'M A PLANNER. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

Planners will be tasked with making sure that planning applications fully and effectively comply with BNG, and ensuring that BNG requirements are embedded into effective planning strategies. Joe’s Blooms offers a suite of advanced tools designed to assist planners in navigating and implementing BNG regulations efficiently, ensuring both compliance and optimal land use.

With Explore: 

  • Rapid, Detailed BNG Metric Analysis for Any Site. Dive into comprehensive biodiversity metrics effortlessly. Take your survey data and easily determine the biodiversity unit value of any site and explore potential enhancements, all aligned with the Government’s Biodiversity Metric.

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool:

  • Efficient Communication of BNG. The Joe's Blooms BNG Tool makes quantifying and explaining biodiversity net gains straightforward. Easily set out the baseline of a site and then have at your fingertips all possible solutions in a simple-to-understand GIS format
  • Fully comply with the whole BNG process from start to finish. Our tool streamlines the complex processes of measuring and calculating biodiversity scores, allowing planners to easily navigate and implement the new regulations.
  • Scenario plan, amend and assess different BNG solutions at no extra cost. With our tool, developers can easily compare different options for the project, experiment with different solutions, assess impact and costs and find the BNG solution that works for them.
  • Produce all the BNG documents you need to comply with the new law. The tool produces a complete Biodiversity metric sheet and a complete Biodiversity Gain Plan. Make sure you tick all the boxes to secure planning permission!

Useful Resources For Planners

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I'M AN ARCHITECT. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

As an architect, you have the creative challenge of not just ensuring a project complies with BNG, but also integrating it seamlessly within your design. Joe’s Blooms is here to help you navigate the new legal requirements and to empower you to make design choices that are not just compliant but also fully reflect your vision.

With Explore:

  • Informed Design Decisions That Comply With The Mitigation Hierarchy. Gain a profound understanding of a site's biodiversity from a very early stage, enabling designs that harmonise with nature and secure the maximum possible benefits for biodiversity. Comply fully with the mitigation hierarchy from day one.
     

With The Biodiversity Net Gain Tool

  • Edit, Plan and Comply With BNG Mandates. The Joe's Blooms BNG Tool aids architects in ensuring their designs meet all legal biodiversity requirements. Our tools allow you to simply and effectively engage with the whole BNG process and see easily how BNG rules might affect your design. Edit proposals quickly and easily and find the solution that works for you.
  • Achieve Client Satisfaction. Deliver projects that not only meet aesthetic standards but also adhere to the latest legal and environmental criteria.

Useful Resources For Architects

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I'M A DESIGNER. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

With a shift towards environmentally conscious designs, designers have the challenge of creating spaces that not only look good but also align with BNG requirements. With insights from Joe's Bloom’s tools, you can integrate natural elements seamlessly into designs.

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool:

  • Blend Aesthetics with Biodiversity. With insights from our tools you can integrate natural elements seamlessly into designs.
  • Keep abreast of BNG requirements and ensure designs meet legal mandates. We update the tool to align with evolving BNG requirements so that your designs are always compliant with the latest version of the rules. 
  • Exceed Client Expectations. Deliver designs that go beyond aesthetics, meeting the dual goal of beauty and biodiversity.

Useful Resources For Designers

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I'M A SURVEYOR. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

As experts who assess and evaluate properties, surveyors now need to factor in BNG requirements when evaluating plots. This requires a keen understanding of biodiversity and its implications on land value. Critically, it also means being able to determine  the BNG baseline value of any plot of land in England before any serious work even begins. 

With Explore

  • In-Depth Biodiversity Analysis of Your Land. Joe's Blooms Explore provides a detailed examination of any land in England. Discover the potential for biodiversity enhancement and understand the indicative Biodiversity Credit value of improvements, aiding in strategic land management decisions.
  • Cost Control and Flexible Pricing. See a range of cost-effective opportunities for any site. This, coupled with our reasonable pricing makes BNG assessments affordable and tailored to your needs.

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool:

  • Fully comply with the whole BNG process from start to finish. Our tool streamlines the complex processes of measuring and quantifying biodiversity, allowing developers, especially SMEs, to easily navigate and implement the new regulations.
  • Scenario plan, amend and assess different BNG solutions at no extra cost. With our tool, developers can easily compare different options for the project, experiment with different solutions, assess impact and costs and find the BNG solution that works for them.
  • Produce all the BNG documents you need to comply with the new law. The tool produces a complete Biodiversity metric sheet and a complete Biodiversity Gain Plan. Make sure you tick all the boxes to secure planning permission!

Useful Resources For Surveyors

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I'M A FARMER. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

With an increasing focus on sustainable farming, farmers are under pressure to integrate biodiversity into their practices. BNG requirements, while mainly for development projects, highlight the broader shift towards recognising the value of biodiversity in all land uses. Understanding BNG offers a new, exciting opportunity to diversify your revenue streams and access potentially significant amounts of new funding. 

With Explore:

  • In-Depth Biodiversity Analysis of Your Land. Joe's Blooms Explore provides a detailed examination of any land in England. Discover the potential for biodiversity enhancement and the market opportunities for selling off-site units, aiding in strategic land management decisions.
  • Cost Control and Flexible Pricing. See a range of cost-effective opportunities for any site. This, coupled with our reasonable pricing makes BNG assessments affordable and tailored to your needs.

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool: 

  • Seamless, Comprehensive BNG Compliance: If your goal is to create Biodiversity Units on your land, the Joe’s Blooms BNG Tool is your ideal partner. It simplifies the complex legal BNG framework, ensuring complete compliance with all necessary documentation.
  • Scenario Planning and Land Value Optimisation: The Joe’s Blooms BNG Tool puts you in the driver's seat. Explore various scenarios, select the most suitable solutions to enhance your land's beauty and increase returns. Testing different options and selecting the best fit has never been easier.
  • Stay Informed and Compliant. With Joe’s Blooms Explore and the BNG Tool, you’ll lead the way in sustainable, compliant land management. The tools guide you through the entire BNG process - a truly end-to-end solution.

    Useful Resources For Farmers
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I'M A NGO / CHARITY. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

Non-profit organisations championing environmental causes need to be at the cutting edge of biodiversity conservation. Along with charities, there are serious expectations that NGOs will lead the way in helping to restore nature and be on the front line of driving forward BNG. Thus, understanding BNG and its implications is vital to advocate, educate, and act effectively.

With Explore:

  • In-Depth Biodiversity Analysis of Your Land. Joe's Blooms Explore provides a detailed examination of any land in England. Discover the potential for biodiversity enhancement and understand the indicative Biodiversity Credit value of improvements, aiding in strategic land management decisions.
  • Cost Control and Flexible Pricing. See a range of cost-effective opportunities for any site. This, coupled with our reasonable pricing makes BNG assessments affordable and tailored to your needs.

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool: 

  • Seamless, Comprehensive BNG Compliance: If your goal is to create Biodiversity Units on your land, the Joe’s Blooms BNG Tool is your ideal partner. It simplifies the complex legal BNG framework, ensuring complete compliance with all necessary documentation.
  • Scenario Planning and Land Value Optimisation: The Joe’s Blooms BNG Tool puts you in the driver's seat. Explore various scenarios, select the most suitable solutions to enhance your land's beauty and increase returns. Testing different options and selecting the best fit has never been easier.
  • Stay Informed and Compliant. With Joe’s Blooms Explore and the BNG Tool, you’ll lead the way in sustainable, compliant land management. The tools guide you through the entire BNG process - a truly end-to-end solution.

Useful Resources For NGOs and Charities 

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I'M A LAWYER. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY WITH BNG?

Starting in 2024, lawyers will need to navigate the new BNG (Biodiversity Net Gain) laws for their clients. You will have to be able to help clients understand the biodiversity value of their land, and how they need to comply with the BNG process in order to commence any development work. 

With the Biodiversity Net Gain Tool you can:

  • Efficiently guide developers and stakeholders through the new regulations. Our tool ensures full compliance from start to finish. Become experts in the BNG process and offer effective, compliant solutions! Our tool streamlines the complex processes of measuring and quantifying biodiversity, allowing developers, especially SMEs, to easily navigate and implement the new regulations. With a strong emphasis on legal compliance, it’s the perfect tool to help guide clients to comply with both the new law and best practice. 
  • Scenario plan, amend and assess different BNG solutions at no extra cost. With our tool, you can help clients easily compare different options for their project, experiment with different solutions, assess impact and costs and find the BNG solution that works for them - with the comfort of knowing that every solution is permitted under the new rules.
  • Produce all the BNG documents you need to comply with the new law. The tool produces a complete Biodiversity metric sheet and a complete Biodiversity Gain Plan. Make sure you help your client tick all the boxes to secure planning permission!
  • Streamline compliance and offer an end-to-end BNG solution. Our tool is an end-to-end, user-friendly platform. Offer your clients informed advice based on accurate and accessible data. 

Useful Resources For Legal Professionals