The core benefits of the scheme for both developers and planning authorities are:
The licence system is watertight, and you know what the costs will be ahead of applying for planning permission.
TIME AND MONEY EFFICIENCIES
Even with complex developments, the process takes less than 6 months and costs from as little as £1,000, capped at £90,000, compared with the 18 month timescales and up to £250,000 costs associated with the traditional option of on-site surveys and mitigation.
You can download the table of charges here.
The licence fee paid will be used to create new ponds and habitats across the region for newts and other wildlife.
The scheme is government endorsed and is fully supported by conservationists and your Local Planning Authority.
The licences can be granted all year around, releasing you from the constraints of spring-only surveys.