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Habitat Management and Monitoring Plan Template (JP055)

A habitat management and monitoring plan (HMMP) is a detailed plan that outlines how the land will be managed over at least 30 years to:

  • create and enhance habitats for biodiversity net gain (BNG)
  • manage and monitor the BNG

The HMMPT includes the following, which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page:

  • Habitat Management and Monitoring Plan Template
  • Companion Document
  • HMMPT Checklist

The template incorporates supporting guidance.


The template is a tool to help structure management and monitoring plans to demonstrate how habitat creation, enhancement, management and monitoring will be undertaken. It can be used for projects of all sizes and for both on-site and off-site units. It can be specified by any development project, consenting body or landowner to provide the management and monitoring information for the project or site in a standardised and consistent format.

The template is a guide to follow. You should also discuss with your Local Planning Authority any additional requirements they might have for your management and monitoring plan.


The Companion Document contains templates for each broad habitat type used in the statutory biodiversity metric. It also assists authors in completing the ‘Environmental Information’, ‘Creation, Enhancement and Management’ and ‘Monitoring’ sections. The relevant tables can be copied in to the main template to tailor the plan for your site or project.


The ‘HMMP Checklist’ provides a summary of the HMMPT headings and is included with the associated resources. Author and reviewer can scan this list to inform which details to include, or that are included, in the plan. The checklist can also be used to list and link to relevant supporting documents to accompany the templated details if required.


The following additional resources are also available:

  • Monitoring Report Template
  • Monitoring Report Quantitative Summary Template

The Monitoring Report Template can be used to report progress updates on the delivery of the Habitat Management and Monitoring Plan to the relevant authority.

The Word template facilitates presentation of the details needed to evidence the progress of the monitoring. The Excel template is for the records of the key quantitative data in a concise format.


This site will be updated periodically with case studies to inform the use of the HMMPT.


Natural England continues to welcome technical suggestions and feedback on HMMPT via our mailbox at

Please note that whilst it may not be possible to respond to all enquiries individually, all suggestions and feedback will be logged and considered.


29/11/2023 – Version 1.0

Downloads available for this record

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Habitat Management and Monitoring Plan Template 1.0, DOCX, 169.7 kB 2023/11/28
HMMPT Companion Document 1.0, DOCX, 509.5 kB 2023/11/28
HMMPT Checklist 1.0, DOCX, 57.7 kB 2023/11/28
HMMPT Monitoring Report Template 1.0 (Word), DOCX, 98.6 kB 2023/11/28
HMMPT Monitoring Report Template 1.0 (Excel), XLSX, 27.4 kB 2023/11/28