A trusted provider
TOE offers a simple and effective offsetting service for people holding funds to deliver biodiversity net gains in Oxfordshire. Developers, planning authorities and communities can all have confidence in our ability to deliver the right projects.
A respected local Provider
TOE offers a complete service as a biodiversity offsetting provider in Oxfordshire.
As the county's leading independent environmental funder, TOE has the local knowledge and partnerships necessary to identify suitable projects and receptor sites for biodiversity offsets. We also have the administrative capacity to manage large, ring-fenced funds.
We've developed our offsetting programme with Local Planning Authorities (LPA), following Defra guidance for biodiversity offsetting providers, to ensure that TOE's offsetting provision is suitable for S106 agreements and discharging Planning Conditions.
Services for developers
TOE’s services are designed to deliver offsetting and net gain requirements stipulated in planning decision notices. In general, we do not get involved with sites at the pre-planning stage.
If an offset requirement is placed in an S106 agreement or Planning Condition, for example, the developer can release funds to TOE who will take responsibility for delivering the offset and net gain, subject to LPA approval. TOE also reserves the right not to accept offset funds if we have any concerns over the way the net gain processes have been applied in the development design and planning process.
Our standard process involves pooling deposited funds into a single pot for each Oxfordshire district, from which project grants are drawn down on an ongoing basis. We do not therefore match each incoming fund with a single corresponding offset site, unless by special arrangement.
We're a registered charity and non-profit company with regulated financial processes.
We’re a recognised local offsetting provider, known by Local Planning Authorities.
In South Oxfordshire and Vale of White horse districts, a certificate from TOE, issued upon receipt of funds, is accepted by the LPAs as evidence of the discharge of Planning Conditions.
In West Oxfordshire, Cherwell and City districts, we can discuss offset requirements with developers on a case by case basis.
TOE promotes tha avaialability of funds and processes grant applications
TOE offsetting programme services include the promotion project grants, processing applications, managing payments, supporting project delivery, inspecting outcomes against agreed management plans, maintaining records, and reporting to LPAs.
Programme management fees
TOE may either charge or recover a programme management and administration fee for the full service provided.
In South Oxfordshire and Vale of White horse districts, the cost of programme management and administration is included in the total cost of an offsetting requirement, as determined by the LPA. TOE does not therefore charge developers any additional fees for our services in these districts.
In other Oxfordshire districts, TOE will consider fees and cost recovery on a case by case basis, according to the way individual offset requirements may be calculated, valued and incorporated into planning decisions.
Other points to note
Offsetting funding allocations may be matched with other offsetting funding or other grant funding to support larger, more strategic projects.
Where possible, offset funds may be banked in a ring-fenced fund for large-scale strategic habitat restoration and land purchase schemes to secure sites for long term for biodiversity gain.
The funding will be allocated to sites within the District Council area where the offset has been created.
Individual funding allocations should be spent within 10 years of receipt, or returned to the developer, less the administration fee.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or wish to discuss anything further.