Small Sites Metric (SSM) Consultation

Closed 31 Jan 2022

Opened 7 Jul 2021


This consultation relates to the beta test version of the Small Sites Metric published by Natural England in July 2021.

We are seeking feedback about the Small Sites Metric from users and other interested parties that will be used to shape and inform its further development prior to its final release in 2022.

The consultation will run for a 3 month period and has been extended until 31st January 2022.

The Small Sites Metric is a streamlined version of the Biodiversity Metric 3.0. It is intended for use only on small development sites which do not contain any high or very high distinctiveness habitats. It is intended to be used by a competent person. 

Why your views matter

We are seeking user and other interested parties feedback on the Small Sites Metric to help shape its' further development prior to final publication in 2022.

What happens next

The information provided as part of the consultation will be used to shape and inform the development of the Small Sites Metric. An updated version of the metric will be published in 2022


  • Environmental campaigners
  • Environmental professional services
  • House Building Industry
  • Local Authorities
  • Local Authorities
  • Member of the General Public


  • Natural environment
  • Biodiversity
  • Green infrastructure
  • Sustainable development
  • House Building and Planning