Residents from Calderdale may soon have the opportunity to provide input on documents outlining how forthcoming planning projects will fulfil obligations to enhance the natural environment.

During the Calderdale Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday, 9th October 2023, Members will be requested to endorse a four-week public consultation regarding the Biodiversity Net Gain Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). Once ratified, this will constitute a component of local planning regulations and bolster the execution of the Local Plan.

Biodiversity net gain is a development approach aimed at leaving the natural environment in a demonstrably improved state compared to its pre-development condition. This policy is slated to become a compulsory element of the English planning system.

Upon implementation, substantial new developments will need to demonstrate a minimum 10% overall upswing in biodiversity – this could be accomplished by augmenting or establishing habitats for wildlife on or near the development sites.

In collaboration with the countryside service, Calderdale Council’s planning department has formulated the Biodiversity Net Gain SPD, which delineates the steps developers must adhere to at each phase of the planning application to fulfil their responsibility to safeguard and enhance biodiversity.

The SPD encompasses information on how developers can avert or counterbalance any detrimental impacts on the natural environment stemming from the proposed development, as well as how they can furnish benefits to residents through enhancements to soil, water, and air quality, flood risk management, and recreational opportunities.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Jane Scullion, said; “Calderdale’s natural environment is part of what makes the borough so special, providing benefits for our health, our wellbeing and our economy. We want to do all we can to promote the conservation, restoration and enhancement of our environment and ensure that the necessary growth in the borough does not negatively impact its biodiversity.

“These supplementary planning documents set out how developments can meet the requirements of upcoming national legislation designed to protect and enhance biodiversity. The SPD has been prepared in consultation with other neighbouring boroughs and local partners to ensure it supports regional ambitions and also our Council priorities of taking climate action and reducing inequalities.”

The Biodiversity Net Gain Supplementary Planning Document will be deliberated during the Calderdale Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday, 9th October 2023, at Halifax Town Hall, commencing at 3pm. The meeting can also be viewed online at