European Protected Species Licensing under review

European Protected Species Licensing under review

Natural England is consulting on their proposed changes to the Licensing process for European Protected Species (EPS), which seek to ‘achieve better outcomes’ for species whilst reducing ‘costs, delays and uncertainty for developers’. If adopted, there would be significant changes to EPS mitigation strategies, particularly for great crested newt; for example, development of some sites without the need to capture, exclude and relocate newts, if newt habitat is enhanced in the wider area. Changes for other EPS, such as bats and hazel dormouse, are also being considered. The consultation ends in April and it is anticipated that Natural England will confirm their Licensing regime shortly afterwards. As soon as the position is clear, EAD Ecology will provide further guidance.

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