What is a Great Crested Newt Licence?
Great Crested Newt Licences are often known as European Protected Species Mitigation Licences (EPSML's) or Derogation Licences. These are licences granted by Natural England to permit an activity which would otherwise be illegal. This is usually the destruction of breeding or terrestrial habitat or the disturbance and risk of killing/injuring great crested newts.
An EPSML details how you will undertake the activity in such a way that the impacts are minimised and the Conservation Status of the species is protected. This might be the translocation of a population; the creation of a replacement aquatic or terrestrial habitat to compensate for that being destroyed; or the supervision of works by a Licenced GCN Worker to ensure that any newts identified during works are unharmed.
How can LSC help?
Our Licenced GCN Workers at LSC have a proven track record in successfully obtaining EPSML's on behalf of our clients. We work alongside the design team to develop suitable mitigation habitats whilst minimising impacts upon the scope and use of a site, in order to provide a proportionate package of measures to address the risks and impacts to newts and their habitats.
The best outcomes are achieved when LSC are able to provide continuity and expert guidance through the full range of works - from surveys through to EPSML application and Supervision of Works. We will, however, work to ensure a positive outcome for our clients regardless of which project stage when we are commissioned - this includes applying for an EPSML following receipt of Planning Permission.
We have previously worked closely with Natural England through the Discretionary Advice Service (DAS) to ensure that we provide the best service and outcomes for our client in difficult or unusual situations and would be happy to explore this option with you where it may be of benefit.
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