Mitigation & compensation solutions for developers 


NatureSpace was established to design, manage and deliver the district licensing scheme, supporting developers and local planning authorities. The scheme was developed by a consortium of organisations – The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Freshwater Habitats Trust, Nature Metrics and Environment Bank – in conjunction with the South Midlands local planning authorities. NatureSpace works with developers and participating local authorities to assess development proposals under the new scheme, advising developers on the scheme’s requirements. Costs to developers are dependent upon the location and scale of development.



NatureSpace has designed, set up and is administering and delivering the South Midlands district licensing scheme (which is actually a series of district licences granted to individual planning authorities). NatureSpace works with developers and provides assessment of development proposals under the new scheme. If you wish to take part in the scheme, NatureSpace will advise you on the scheme’s requirements. Costs to developers are dependent upon the location and scale of development.


“We have been calling for many years for improvements to the way the planning system deals with newts – the worst thing about the current system is that after sometimes very significant delays and costs, there is often very little meaningful newt conservation at the end of it. We are supporting this scheme because we think it will produce a very positive step-change in the way the planning system delivers conservation for great crested newts.”


Dr Tony Gent, Chief Executive of the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust

“We’re very proud of the work gone in to developing this revolutionary approach for newt conservation and are excited about what these new standards in will mean, not just for the newts, but in new efficiencies for development and the potential benefits it could provide for other wildlife. This scheme highlights the need to deliver net gain through development and there is clear synergy with Environment Bank’s work with biodiversity accounting and long-term, robust habitat offsets; providing transparent and appropriate compensation for development impacts on all biodiversity. The schemes have high levels of compatibility and we would be happy to work with any developers who want to explore a parallel biodiversity compensation scheme for wider net gain targets in line with national and local policies and standards.” 

– Louise Martland, Programme Director at the Environment Bank 

“We were pleased to contribute our expertise to the regional surveys of last year, and to the programme ahead to create and manage ponds that will be funded by the scheme. If the scheme takes off as we hope, there could be hundreds of healthy new ponds across the region created and managed for newts. These ponds will of course be full of other wildlife and will incidentally benefit hundreds of other freshwater species, many of which are increasingly threatened by the water pollution and loss of high quality ponds we have seen over the last 50 years.”


– Dr Jeremy Biggs, Director of the Freshwater Habitats Trust

“This is a very exciting time for Great Crested Newt conservation. We will be creating hundreds of clean water ponds as well as wonderful new woodland and meadow habitats for Great Crested Newt across the South Midlands region. From many years of experience, I know how rewarding this work is going to be. It’s a great opportunity to make a positive difference, and I look forward to working with landowners and managers to deliver new habitats to the highest standards.”


– Dr Pascale Nicolet, Interim CEO of the South Midlands Newt Conservation Partnership

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