Problem Addressed

The tools can helps developers of small sites comply with the Biodiversity Net Gain process. It:

  • Provides an intuitive visual digital interface to allow the user to easily and accurately fill in the Biodiversity Metric
  • Produces all the documents that are needed under the Environment Act 2021
  • Helps to create and source the necessary Biodiversity Units that are required to hit the 10% uplift.

Small site developers may struggle to comply with these requirements without the aid of tools (specific areas of concern include conducting a competent site survey; filling in the metric correctly; and writing compliant Biodiversity Gain Plans).

Solution Overview

The Joe’s Blooms site is a set of webpages that, via a suite of GIS tools and easy-to-use data fields, captures all the information that the user needs to enter about their site. This includes guidance on how to conduct an appropriate site survey. With this information, the Joe’s Blooms tool is able to work out what the biodiversity score of the site is and advise the user on the best steps to help secure the necessary uplift; helps to compile a complete and compliant Biodiversity Gain Plan, Biodiversity Metric and other documents. It is a standalone solution but can import data from other tools (e.g. red line diagrams). The tool will help to show what the % biodiversity gain is on any given set of solutions.

The tool is intended to cost, for most small sites, between £495 and £959 (depending on the number of units). This is intended to be a small fraction of the costs of the total build and is firmly below the estimated market rate for getting external consultants to complete the metric (estimated between £900 and £2,000 per use). Unlike other solutions, this is intended as a one-off cost per planning application, so there will be no ‘hidden repeat costs’.

Case Study

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