In contrast with Britain, Germany has pioneered a specific obligation for environmental compensation of all greenfield development, founded in an ecological paradigm. We review elsewhere (Wilding and Raemaekers, in press) the principles of this approach and the potential for establishing it in British planning law, drawing on the emerging German experience. We report here a case study of the process of compensation in Germany, in order to illustrate practical issues: the means of assessing the amount and kind of impact and therefore the compensation required, the means of drawing up a realisable scheme to implement compensation, and the means of ensuring that local planning authorities fulfill their duty to secure compensation. We conclude by proposing a number of practical lessons from the German experience which would be of value in considering the development of a similar obligation in Britain.
|Number of pages
|Planning Practice and Research
|Published - 2000