Countryside charity CPRE urges caution about the proposed biodiversity offsetting scheme if is not to become another green light to developers.
The Government is expected to publish a green paper on biodiversity offsetting today (25 July). The scheme could mean that developments would get the go-ahead if they provide biodiversity offsets for the habitat that was damaged or destroyed. CPRE is concerned that the scheme has the potential to have a negative impact overall on the landscape and habitats.
Neil Sinden, CPRE’s Policy and Campaigns Director, says: "Biodiversity offsetting will be unacceptable if it is used to lower the bar in terms of protection for important sites and make it easier for developers to push through damaging schemes. Fundamentally, if offsetting is to happen, it should be as a last resort.