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Our goals is to create a net biodiversity gain and make a measurable contribution to the natural environment on every development.

Nature is one of ten priorities in Our Vision 2030, our ambitious business strategy for the next decade. Our goal is to create at least a 10% net biodiversity gain on all our new developments and make a measurable contribution to the natural environment on every development. Read more about our approach here. The information below details our approach and work to date.

Our approach to Net Biodiversity Gain

We have always recognised the importance of biodiversity and the value that nature brings to people. That is why we incorporate open space, tree-lined streets and parks on our developments. At the start of each project, we instruct an ecologist to use their specialist knowledge to measure the site's biodiversity using our toolkit, based on standardised metrics and values developed by DEFRA and Natural England. This establishes the baseline score. Our approach helps us to make informed choices resulting in stronger and more nature-rich landscapes over the long-term. We already have 40 Net Biodiversity Gain strategies in place, which will create 480 acres of new or measurably improved habitats, which is equivalent to an area larger than Hyde Park.

Nine Concepts for Enhancing Biodiversity

We have worked with leading ecologists and landscape architects to create nine overarching design concepts, which help us to create nature-rich masterplans that deliver a measurable net biodiversity gain.

The nine concepts are considered in the earliest stages of planning as part of cross-disciplinary design discussions.

We adopt a unique approach for each site, as it  is not always necessary to apply all nine concepts to create a nature-rich, biodiverse place.

Every project is different and bespoke landscape and management strategies are created reflecting the characteristics of the site and its local context.

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Our Approach

Overall Approach | Nature | Sustainability Setting standards

We are proud to have led the industry on net biodiversity gain and laid the path for it to become a national legal requirement for all developments.

Minimum Net Biodiversity | Nature | Sustainability Biodiversity net gain

We will continue our established approach to biodiversity net gain on every site, ensuring each new development submitted for planning to a minimum 10% improvement in biodiversity within the site boundary.

Managing Agents | Nature | Sustainability Habitat enhancement

We will begin to measure the area of land where habitat enhancements are implemented and ensure through upskilling our managing agents and landscape architects that it is managed successfully in the long term.

Environmental Net Gain | Nature | Sustainability Environmental net gains 

We will also broaden our approach to cover wider aspects of the environment so that developments build on our strong approach to nature and begin to achieve environmental net gain, covering flood protection, recreation and improved air and water quality.

Case Studies

Track Record

2000 | Nature | Sustainability

2000

Barnes Waterside and the London Wetland Centre nature reserve is complete, delivered in partnership with Thames Water, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Richmond Council

2006 | Nature | Sustainability

2006

First planning consent granted for Edenbrook Country Park, Hart

2013 | Nature | Sustainability

2013

The 82-acre Edenbook Country Park opens to the public, delivered in partnership with Hart District Council and Natural England

2016 | Nature | Sustainability

2016

Berkeley becomes the first homebuilder to commit to delivering a net biodiversity gain on every new site. Woodberry Wetlands opens, a project led by London Wildlife Trust in partnership with Berkeley

2018 | Nature | Sustainability

2018

Berkeley completes its first net biodiversity gain landscape at Cator Park, Kidbrooke Village. DEFRA consults on making net biodiversity gain mandatory for all developments, citing Berkeley's example

2019 | Nature | Sustainability

2019

Government introduces Draft Environment Bill, including plans to make net biodiversity gain mandatory for all new developments

2020 | Nature | Sustainability

2020

Cator Park, Kidbrooke Village wins the Sir David Attenborough Award for Enhancing Biodiversity at the Landscape Institute Awards

2021 | Nature | Sustainability

2021

Berkeley has now designed 40 neighbourhoods to deliver a measurable net biodiversity gain. Berkeley starts to develop an approach to environmental net gain

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