District Level Licensing: How to apply


District Level Licensing for great crested newt (GCN) is an England-wide approach to strategic habitat creation for one important species and the forerunner for net gain.
The approach represents a substantial change in practice: seeking to reduce the need for survey, trapping and translocation of this protected species on development sites and embedding strategic provision of compensation habitat. The benefits of this new approach are that it cuts out costs, delays and developer/investor uncertainty in the planning process, and maximises the proportion of investment secured by GCN licencing which is invested in habitat.

In September’s webinar Natural England covered the overview, programme progress, impact assessment and Natural England scheme design. This is one of a number of planned follow up webinars offering a deep dive into a specific area of district level licensing, to offer more insight and explanation into the approach. This webinar will focus on how to use the available Natural England led approaches to District Level Licensing, from making an initial enquiry to Natural England through to receiving a licence.

CIEEMs position on District Level Licensing can be found in our position statement

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