South Midlands great crested newt district licensing scheme
All local planning authorities in Gloucestershire are looking to launch great crested newt district licensing later this year. This provides a new option for developers to use where planning applications might have an impact on great crested newts.
Cheltenham Borough Council is expecting Natural England to grant it a district (or Organisational) licence this summer. Using this licence the council will be able to simultaneously determine planning applications and safeguard local newt populations. This avoids delays to development and provides better and more certain outcomes. This is all possible because the council has recently joined up to an extended South Midlands scheme where it will be assisted by a specialist company called NatureSpace and a Newt Conservation Partnership.
More information on the South Midlands Scheme and what it can do for developers and great crested newts can be found on NatureSpace’s website.