The Environment Act 2021 (Commencement No. 8 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2024

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom / England

Commencement: 12th February 2024


  • Environment Act 2021
  • Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Mini Summary

The Environment Act 2021 aims to improve air and water quality, tackle waste, improve biodiversity and make other environmental improvements.

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 defines the scope of town and country planning and the legislative framework for structure preparation, local plan, administration and development control is set out. Furthermore, planning permission is required for the development of land or buildings.


Various duties apply.



Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Biodiversity gain plan
Applications for planning permission in England must now be accompanied by a biodiversity gain plan. This must include information on:

  • steps taken to minimise adverse effects on biodiversity;
  • the biodiversity value of the site;
  • the expected biodiversity value* of the site following the development; and
  • whether any biodiversity credits have been purchased.

*The biodiversity value of the site is measured using the biodiversity metric.

Additional conditions may be imposed on licences in England. Organisations may now be required to:

  • conserve or enhance the environment; and
  • maintain this enhancement for a minimum of 30 years.

Enhancements must increase the biodiversity value of the site.

These Regulations do not apply to developments where an application was made before 12th February 2024.

Environment Act 2021

The following sections come into force on 12th February 2024.

Minor technical changes are made to:

There are no changes to duties for organisations.


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