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  • Rachel Fisher

    Deputy Director Land Use Policy, Defra

    Rachel Fisher is Deputy Director for Land Use Policy at DEFRA. She began this role in September 2020 and is responsible for developing and delivering environmental planning reform, Local Nature Recovery Strategies, and Biodiversity Net Gain.
    Prior to this she was responsible for regeneration, investment and infrastructure policy in the Cities and Local Growth Unit at MHCLG / BEIS. In this role she led the development of the £3.6bn Towns Fund, including the Future High Streets Fund, and the High Streets Task Force.

    Prior to this she has held a variety of roles in policy and public affairs across the built environment industry including the National Housing Federation, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), Design Council and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
     In 2012 she co-founded Urbanistas an international network whose mission is to amplify the voices of women to make cities better for everyone. She is an associate member of the RTPI and a Fellow of the RSA.

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    • 10:15 - 10:45 Biodiversity net gain – what, where and how?
      Biodiversity net gain is the achievement of a measurable improvement in biodiversity after a development has been completed. The concept of biodiversity net gain has been in the National Planning Policy Framework since 2012 and several local authorities and developers are already actively delivering gains for nature using this approach. Rachel Fisher, Deputy Director for Land Use in Defra will provide an overview of government policy on biodiversity net gain and its interaction with wider land use. Rachel will cover what biodiversity net gain is; where it has come from; what the current policy is and finally how government is considering implementation, working with Natural England and others.
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