Protected Species Licence Applications
A number of UK wildlife species are protected under national and/or international legislation which often makes it illegal to kill or disturb a protected species or damage its habitat, even if care is taken to avoid the offence. Given the mobile nature of some protected species (such as bats and great crested newts), this can obviously have serious implications for development.
The most effective way to deal with the presence of protected species is usually to retain and safeguard their habitats within the development. In some cases, however, this option is not practicable or feasible and in these instances, a protected species development licence may be required to allow development to proceed. Making a successful licence application can be a complex process and needs to be managed by a suitably qualified ecologist.
At Landmark, our ecologists have an excellent track record in delivering applications for protected species development licences and can advise on the best approach to take for a specific site or scheme.
I have worked on numerous projects with The Landmark Practice for 11 years and they pride themselves on their high quality landscape planning, landscape design and ecological consultancy services. In addition to being a great bunch of people to work alongside as a planning consultant, they are highly experienced in their disciplines, delivering high quality landscape and ecological advice and balancing this alongside the commercial realities of bringing forward development aspirations.