New Newt Licencing Policies
Great crested newts are a European protected species and subject to full legal protection in respect of the animals and their habitats.
Stringent planning conditions for construction are putting ever more emphasis on preserving and enhancing biodiversity. This can often be viewed as a constraint to construction works, but need not be a costly exercise if managed appropriately.
Four new formal licencing policies were published by Natural England in January 2017. All four are of relevance to mineral extraction schemes, with policy three, which allows protected species to have access to temporary habitats that will be developed at a later date, being of particular importance to the sector.
These new policies are aimed at streamlining the licensing process for developers, reducing the need to invest in short-term mitigation measures, and instead encouraging investment in habitat creation and management to achieve long-term conservation benefits.