Calls to end biodiversity offsetting plans are ‘missing the point’, says CLA

02 December 2013

The CLA today (21 November) responded to environmental groups calling for a halt to biodiversity offsetting saying the statement had 'completely missed the point'.

The Association said the group of 140 organisations failed to recognise that plans for biodiversity offsetting are not a licence to "destroy nature".

CLA President Henry Robinson said: "These groups appear to misunderstand the principle of biodiversity offsetting, believing it will give carte blanche to developers to damage the environment in one place as long as they improve it in another – this is incorrect.

"Biodiversity offsetting will not circumvent the planning laws. Developers are obliged to go through the full planning process, demonstrating that they have taken every step to avoid environmental damage and, where that is not possible, mitigated it.

"Then, and only then, will developers be able to consider offsetting any environmental damage caused."