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Great crested newts: district level licensing schemes

Documents

District level licensing enquiry form

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District level licensing application form

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If you are a developer proposing to develop land, you can pay to join a district level licensing scheme. If you join a scheme, you do not need to:

  • carry out your own surveys
  • plan and carry out mitigation work

District level licensing schemes operate in certain parts of England to better protect great crested newt populations. Schemes are operated by either:

  • Natural England
  • a local planning authority (LPA)
  • a third party on behalf of the LPA

If a district level licensing scheme does not operate in your area, you must apply for an individual licence to carry out work that affects a GCN.

Join a Natural England-led scheme

You can apply to join a Natural England-led scheme if you have a development proposal in the following areas:

  • Kent or Medway
  • Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Chester
  • Essex

Use the guidance for developers and complete the forms to join the Natural England scheme.

Join a scheme in another area

Check if your development is in an area where you can join a NatureSpace Partnership-led scheme.

If you have a development proposal in Woking, you can apply to join the Woking organisation-level scheme run by Woking Borough Council. This is a different type of scheme licence.

Natural England’s interim guidance for LPAs

Guidance is available to help you assess development proposals that will affect great crested newts (GCN).

You can get this guidance if:

  • Natural England leads a district level licensing scheme in your area
  • you hold a district level licence operated by Nature Space Partnership

To see the guidance, or if you have any questions contact gcndll@naturalengland.org.uk.

The current standing advice for GCN does not apply to developments using district level licensing (DLL).

Published 28 February 2019

Last updated 25 February 2020
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  1. Added paragraph on interim guidance for LPAs. Minor edits to text.

  2. Guidance and forms for scheme in Kent and Cheshire updated.

  3. There is now a district level licensing scheme for great crested newts in Cheshire.

  4. First published.

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