Biodiversity Net Gain in Scotland: Briefing Note for Local Planning Authorities

The aim of this paper is to provide Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) in Scotland with an overview of the Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) concept, the benefits it can provide and potential mechanisms for implementation in the terrestrial environment, learning from approaches being developed elsewhere in the UK and internationally. The concept of BNG is considered to be one mechanism to achieve ‘positive effects for biodiversity’ as stated in the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.

This note is intended to provide an accessible overview, rather than a comprehensive guide, with signposting to more detailed guidance.