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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Barnes Waterside and the London Wetland Centre nature reserve is complete, delivered in partnership with Thames Water, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Richmond Council
First planning consent granted for Edenbrook Country Park, Hart
The 82-acre Edenbook Country Park opens to the public, delivered in partnership with Hart District Council and Natural England
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
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
Government introduces Draft Environment Bill, including plans to make net biodiversity gain mandatory for all new developments
Cator Park, Kidbrooke Village wins the Sir David Attenborough Award for Enhancing Biodiversity at the Landscape Institute Awards
Berkeley has now designed 40 neighbourhoods to deliver a measurable net biodiversity gain. Berkeley starts to develop an approach to environmental net gain