This research aims to develop a Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) allowing planners and developers to assess the impact of proposed developments and plans on the provision of ecosystem services.

The purpose was to devise a reliable, and industry acceptable, assessment methodology based on ecosystem services to better assess and manage the long-term impacts of proposed major developments and plans on natural capital and ecosystem services.

The aim was to develop a fit-for-purpose tool which allows the indicative, but systematic assessment, of ecosystem services in a planning context. The assessment would determine the maximum potential outcomes for natural capital from the masterplan stage through to a 25 year post-development period, and with the expressed intention of returning a net positive for natural capital over this timeline, so enhancing human well-being and biodiversity value alike.

The net result of this study is presented here as the NCPT.



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