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District Licensing for Great Crested Newt

District Licensing for great crested newt is a brand new system of licensing providing developers and householders with a quicker, cheaper and risk-free way of dealing with great crested newts when they are applying for planning permission. Through NatureSpace, Local Planning Authorities in the South Midlands* can now authorise development at the same time as granting planning permission.

The new voluntary scheme opened in February 2018 and is available to all developers and householders. If you enter the scheme all your survey and mitigation needs are covered under the District Licence – giving you complete legal certainty and saving you time and money.

If you are applying for planning permission in the South Midlands and need the assistance of a licensed and experienced great crested newt ecologist to complete your application form, or would simply like to know more, please do get in touch.

*areas which are covered by the scheme include:

  • Cheltenham Borough Council
  • Cherwell District Council
  • Cotswold District Council
  • Forest of Dean District Council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • South Northamptonshire Council
  • Stroud District Council
  • Tewkesbury Borough Council
  • West Oxfordshire District Council.

District Licensing for Great Crested Newt is government endorsed and is fully supported by conservationists and your Local Planning Authority.

The licence fee paid will be used to create new ponds and habitats across the region for newts and other wildlife.

The licences can be granted all year around, releasing you from the constraints of spring-only surveys.