Development Licences & Mitigation
Where a development or activity affects a legally protected species, a licence may be required in order for works to be lawfully undertaken. This could include works that would damage or destroy habitats of or disturb a protected species, including:
- Bats (all species)
- Water vole
- Great-crested newt
Our specialists will prepare the licence application and detailed method statement on your behalf, consulting with relevant stakeholders. On approval of the licence we will implement the mitigation strategy and undertake any remaining ecological post-construction monitoring and reporting conditions. We have an excellent record of securing development licences, enabling project works to proceed.
Low Impact Bat Class Licence
We are pleased to announce that Richard Dodd is a Registered Ecological Consultant with Natural England and can apply for the new Low Impact Bat Class Licence for sites that meet the criteria.
The Low Impact Bat Class Licence can be implemented where surveys have identified a small number of commoner species of bat and roosts. Such as a development or demolition where a day roost for common pipistrelle or night roost for brown long-eared bats has been confirmed.
The savings in both time and money can be substantial compared to sites where a full mitigation licence is required. Contact us to see if your site qualifies.
Working without a licence
In certain circumstances works may be undertaken without the need for a licence. This can include minor works to a building with a bat roost, translocation of reptiles, or removal of vegetation where nesting birds are present. Our team will work with you to demonstrate there is minimal impact on the protected species.
If your project requires a European Protected Species licence or for further advice please contact us.