It’s almost a year since Natural England introduced their New Licencing Policies with regards to Protected Species in the UK and we are already seeing these deliver great results for both our clients and our environment.
New Licencing Policy 1 (NLP1) is perhaps the most exciting and progressive of these changes. The wording of the NLP1 is as follows:
“Defra considers that compensation for EPS impacts can be delivered without the need to relocate or exclude populations, where: exclusion or relocation measures are not necessary to maintain the conservation status of the local population; the avoid-mitigate-compensate hierarchy is followed; and compensation provides greater benefits to the local population than would exclusion and/or relocation.”
LSC have worked with one of our key clients to successfully obtain two licences using NLP1 already, and we are currently working on four more through consultation with Natural England over the winter period.
The big gain for the environment, is that the funds which would traditionally be used for translocation of individual newts can instead be diverted into real long-term habitat enhancements for the newts and for local biodiversity in general.
The big gain we have seen for our clients is the scope to avoid the long delays which can arise through the prescriptive translocation requirements traditionally associated with a great crested newt licence. One of our key clients received Planning Permission for their scheme in early-September of this year. Under the traditional licencing model, the translocation exercise and seasonal constraints would have delayed their scheme commencement until April/May of next year at the earliest. With the NLP1 application which LSC secured, they are commencing construction works in November and will be well on their way to completion by next summer. The newt population in turn will gain new terrestrial habitats, refugia and hibernacula which will support the maintenance and growth of the colony in the future.
LSC have a proven track record with successfully securing the new NLP1 licences for our clients, and we are expanding our work in this new and exciting field of licencing. If you would like to explore how NLP1 might help get your development moving, whilst providing a real and long-lasting benefit to biodiversity, why not get in touch with LSC to discuss your scheme!