Cost savings through proposed protected species licence changes

In our last newsletter, we reported on the proposed changes to protected species licensing that Natural England (NE) consulted on in spring. The proposals seek to focus effort away from protecting animals on development sites and towards improving species populations in the wider local area. NE’s aim is to reduce costs, delays and uncertainty for developers whilst achieving better outcomes for species. Whilst these proposals have not been formally adopted, EAD Ecology has already been successful in agreeing use of some of the measures on a major development project; this was achieved with NE through their Discretionary Advice Service. This will result in a significant cost saving and reduction in program constraint for our client.

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