Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)

The requirement for mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) of at least 10% to be sought as part of the planning process is to be introduced for 'Major' developments from 12th February 2024 and for 'small sites' - with exemptions from 2nd April 2024

After these dates, additional information will need to be supplied with your planning application before it can be validated.

Further information on BNG and the requirements for your planning application can be found on the gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/biodiversity-net-gain and in the biodiversity net gain planning practice guidance.

The guidance will be updated once the regulations come into force. 

Cherwell District Council are currently consulting on a draft Local Validation List that includes additional requirements beyond the minimum set out in the Planning Practice Guide. 

View the draft Local Validation List.