Lake District National Park (image credit: Alan Jones)
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was keen to show his interest in biodiversity offsetting, which would see new, bigger or better nature sites created when a development damages the natural environment unavoidably, at the recent National Parks conference.
“Offsetting gives us a chance to improve the way our planning system works,” Paterson told the Association of National Park Authorities Conference on 25 September. “It gets round the long-running conundrum of how to grow the economy at the same time as improving the environment.”
“It could provide real opportunities in our National Parks” added Paterson, who invited those representing England’s 10 National Parks at the conference to respond to proposals published this month for how biodiversity offsetting could be introduced in England.
The planning approach is being piloted in six areas – Devon, Doncaster, Essex, Greater Norwich, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. It has met with concern from the Campaign to Protect Rural England but has been welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association.
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