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How the NCPT Works

The Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) is a free site assessment tool developed specifically for the planning context. The NCPT allows the indicative but systematic assessment of the likely impact of proposed plans and developments on Natural Capital and the ecosystem services it provides to people such as recreational opportunities, air quality regulation and climate regulation.

The NCPT was designed as a fit-for-purpose Excel tool which can be applied by non-specialists and in a short period of time; acknowledging the time- and resource constrains planners and developers face in everyday practice. NCPT assessments are also available as a service directly by the tool developer. Because the NCPT can be applied very quickly, related services can be offered at very competitive rates.

The tool developer and project partners believe that the NCPT will help developers and planners to create more sustainable places for people and wildlife, whilst at the same time delivering the housing and infrastructure the country needs.

“With the advent of the 25 Year Environment Plan, its commitment to net gain and the NPPF review (2018) – there is the real possibility of the NCPT providing that all important bridging device between national planning policy and the Government’s environmental restoration ambitions – at the site scale.” Nick Grayson, Climate Change and Sustainability Manager at Birmingham City Council.

“The toolkit has provided us with an objective and simple means of assessing both, the location and design of development proposals put forward for consideration through the emerging Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire. We have found it especially useful in working collaboratively with site promotors – negotiating enhancements to masterplans, and giving us a tangible way to measure whether proposals are capable of achieving a net gain in natural capital. This will ensure that we get the very best out of our sites.” Andrew Marsh, Principal Planning Officer at Central Bedfordshire Council.