GovWire

Guidance: Great crested newts: district level licensing schemes

Natural England

November 26
11:35 2020

District level licensing enquiry form

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email enquiries@naturalengland.org.uk.Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

District level licensing application form

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email enquiries@naturalengland.org.uk.Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Details

If you are a developer proposing to develop land, you can pay to join a district level licensing scheme. If you join a scheme, you do not need to:

  • carry out your own surveys
  • plan and carry out mitigation work

District level licensing schemes operate in certain parts of England to better protect great crested newt populations. Schemes are operated by either:

  • Natural England
  • a local planning authority (LPA)
  • a third party on behalf of the LPA

If a district level licensing scheme does not operate in your area, you must apply for an individual licence to carry out work that affects a GCN.

Join a Natural England-led scheme

You can apply to join a Natural England-led scheme if you have a development proposal in the following areas:

  • Cambridgeshire
  • Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester
  • Essex
  • Greater Manchester
  • Kent and Medway
  • Norfolk and Suffolk
  • North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
  • Shropshire (except Telford and Wrekin - see below)
  • Somerset (excluding the former West Somerset district and Exmoor National Park)
  • Swindon and Wiltshire

Use the guidance for developers and complete the forms to join the Natural England scheme.

Join a scheme in another area

Check if your development is in an area where you can join a NatureSpace Partnership-led scheme.

If you have a development proposal in Woking, you can apply to join the Woking organisation-level scheme run by Woking Borough Council. This is a different type of scheme licence.

If you have a development proposal in Telford and Wrekin, you can apply to join the Telford and Wrekin organisation-level scheme run by Telford and Wrekin Council. For further information contact Ecological Data Services at eds@telford.gov.uk.

Natural Englands interim guidance for LPAs

Guidance is available to help you assess development proposals that will affect great crested newts (GCN).

You can get this guidance if:

  • Natural England leads a district level licensing scheme in your area
  • you hold a district level licence operated by Nature Space Partnership

To see the guidance, or if you have any questions contact gcndll@naturalengland.org.uk.

The current standing advice for GCN does not apply to developments using district level licensing (DLL).

Published 28 February 2019
Last updated 1 October 2020 +show all updates
  1. Added Norfolk and Suffolk to the list of Natural England-led schemes.

Related Articles

Comments

  1. We don't have any comments for this article yet. Why not join in and start a discussion.

Write a Comment

Your name:
Your email:
Comments:

Post my comment

Recent Comments

Follow Us on Twitter

Share This


Enjoyed this? Why not share it with others if you've found it useful by using one of the tools below: