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Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and opportunities for Land Diversification: what you need to know


1st November 2023    
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Event Type

The Real Estate team at RWK Goodman have teamed up with other experts to host a webinar on the Biodiversity Net Gain obligation, including legal developments and practical implications for both developers and landowners.

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Event details:

Date: Wednesday 1 November
Time: 10am – 11am
Platform:  Zoom webinar

What is Biodiversity Net Gain?

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) regulations, which come into force in November 2023, consist of a new obligation on all planning permissions and development consent orders (DCOs) to improve the environment by at least 10% as a compulsory planning condition. However given how this can be achieved by offsite provision it opens opportunities for those interested in diversifying the usage of their land holdings. We will also talk generally about options for land diversification.

The experts

Rob Walton, partner in RWK Goodman’s Real Estate team, will summarise the upcoming legal changes and explore the practical applications for both developers as well as landowners.

His talk will be followed up by Joanne Balmer, Chief Executive Officer at Oakland Care, who will tell us about her organisation’s experience of land diversification especially with the view to sustainable usage.

The webinar will also include a Q&A session with Rob, Joanne and Julia Pound, head of Natural Capital team for Savills, who has a particular focus in helping landowners navigate the world of nutrient neutrality and biodiversity net gain.

Who should attend

  • Managing directors
  • Estate directors
  • Landowners


  • Rob Walton, Partner at RWK Goodman

    Rob is a Real Estate partner with particular specialisms in healthcare, energy (mainly renewables), charity and education sectors.

    Rob is experienced at working with all types of clients from individual investors, companies, schools and charities to large PLC retailers. He is a qualified mediator and, having worked as a litigator prior to transferring to real estate, he has an excellent understanding of risk assessment and management in property transactions.

  • Joanne Balmer, Chief Executive Officer at Oakland Care

    Joanne has worked in Care for over 20 years having started by working in Care Homes at aged 16 as a care assistant.  At 18, she began training to become a Registered Nurse and later undertook a number of nursing roles in hospitals and GP surgeries before joining a Welsh Local Health Board where she oversaw the provision and quality of Primary Care Services.

    In 2010, Joanne moved from the NHS to focus on working solely within the Care Home sector where she has undertaken a number of roles including Commissioning Home Manager, Regional Operations Manager & Director of Quality.  Most recently before joining Oakland Care she worked for Sunrise Senior Living & Gracewell Healthcare where she held the position of Senior Director of Care & Quality for a number of years.

  • Julia Pound, Head of Natural Capital team at Savills

    Having spent the past 14 years providing strategic estate management advice to a number of long term rural landowners from Kent to Cornwall, she now has particular focus in helping our clients navigate the world of nutrient neutrality and biodiversity net gain.

    Having graduated from Reading University in 2008, Julia started her career with a national firm based in Kent, joining Savills in 2014. Julia has worked in the Oxford, Exeter and now Taunton offices.

    From a farming background, Julia has always been interested in the rural economy and the issues and opportunities facing rural landowners in the UK.