THE BIODIVERSITY NET GAIN SCREENING TOOL
The BNG Screening Tool enables you to instantly and cost-effectively assess the Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) constraints on any site in England
Created and developed by Biodiversify
Quickly understand the Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) implications of a site development
Reduce risk and save time by understanding the BNG requirements of your site
Estimate habitat occurence, distinctiveness and BNG units with no data input
The BNG Screening Tool uses nationally available datasets to instantly calculate the likely BNG implications of potential development sites anywhere in England. This tool will revolutionise how biodiversity is considered by removing data barriers and allowing developers to understand the potential impacts early in their
Puts nature at the forefront of development decision making
Helps facilitate the avoidance of development on habitats of high value to nature
Allows users, regardless of skill or prior knowledge to rapidly understand the biodiversity net gain implications of potential developments
Helps minimise the risk of potentially costly unexpected biodiversity impacts
An overview of your site
The extent, distinctiveness and likely condition of habitats within the site including area and linear habitats (e.g. wetlands, rivers)
The BNG units associated with each habitat and total BNG units of the site
Any designated sites that the site is located within
Any peat or ancient woodland habitat within the site
By running the tool for your site, you will receive a time stamped report within minutes which provides you with;
Who is this tool for?
This tool allows you to avoid important habitats for biodiversity, and to reduce risk by knowing early on how BNG might impact, for instance, viability or the length of time it might take to secure planning permission.
During the site allocation process, this tool could provide a rapid, early indication of BNG implications across multiple sites and search areas. This could help the LPA avoid important areas for biodiversity and gain early insight into how BNG might impact housing delivery and viability in different locations.
Planning or Ecological Consultants
This tool brings together and synthesises the data needed to conduct rapid desk-based reviews for clients wanting an early indication of the BNG implication for a site or a range of sites.
Solicitors or agents carrying out
This tool can provide useful information on the presence of designated sites for nature, and habitat information, for anyone carrying out a
"Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is an approach to development, land and marine management that leaves biodiversity in a measurably better state than before the development took place"