Development Licenses and Mitigation

Code of practice for planning and development

Development Licences
& Mitigation

Where a development or activity affects a legally protected species, a licence may be required in order for works to be lawfully undertaken. This could include works that would damage or destroy habitats of or disturb a protected species. We can help you secure a:

  • Bat licence (all species)
  • Dormouse licence
  • Otter licence
  • Badger licence
  • Water vole licence
  • Great-crested newt licence

Our specialists will prepare your mitigation licence application and detailed method statement on your behalf, consulting with relevant stakeholders. On approval of the licence we will implement the mitigation strategy and undertake any remaining ecological post-construction monitoring and reporting conditions. We have an excellent record of securing development licences, enabling project works to proceed.

Low Impact Bat Class Licence

We are pleased to announce that Richard Dodd and Alex Pollard is a Registered Ecological Consultant with Natural England and can apply for the new Bat Low Impact Class Licence for sites that meet the criteria.

The Low Impact Bat Class Licence can be implemented where surveys have identified a small number of commoner species of bat and roosts. Such as a development or demolition where a day roost for common pipistrelle or night roost for brown long-eared bats has
been confirmed.

The savings in both time and money can be substantial compared to sites where a full mitigation licence is required. Contact us to see if your site qualifies.

Working without a licence

In certain circumstances some minor works could be undertaken without the need for a licence. Our experienced team will work with you to provide reasonable avoidance measures and onward support.

If your project requires a European Protected Species licence or for further advice, please contact us.

Protected Species
Surveys

Wildwood Ecology has expertise in undertaking surveys for all British protected species and understands their ecological requirements.

Primary Ecological
Appraisal

Our Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)* can assist with your planning proposal or land purchase

Primary Ecological
Appraisal Lite

Where a development or activity affects a legally protected species, a licence may be required in order for works to be lawfully undertaken.