Background to survey

We are a specialist ecological works contractor who put in place the work prescribed by ecologists.  We want to know what YOU think about the introduction of DLL and whether it has or is likely to affect your work.  The survey should only take 10 minutes of your time.

After a pilot scheme in Woking, Natural England is rolling out a new, District Level Licensing (DLL) approach to issuing great crested newt (GCN) licences (these changes are currently proposed for England only; there are no changes to great crested newt licences proposed for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland).  This new, district level approach (also known as an Organisational Licence) offers an alternative to a site specific licence which has been the standard so far. 

The stated aims are to take a more strategic approach by considering maintenance of the favourable conservation status of GCN in their natural range at the district level and to reduce the time and cost for developers working in areas with GCN.

JPR Environmental are aiming to gather opinions from ecologists about the scheme and how it is currently working and present a summary of the views at the CIEEM autumn conference in Glasgow.  For those not visiting the conference, we can make a summary of the findings available.

Do you think a DLL will save developers time when applying for planning permission on a site where there are GCN?

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* 1. Do you think a DLL will save developers time when applying for planning permission on a site where there are GCN?

Do you believe that DLL will save developers money when applying for a licence on a site where GCN are present?

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* 2. Do you believe that DLL will save developers money when applying for a licence on a site where GCN are present?

Do you believe that DLL will improve the conservation status of GCN?

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* 3. Do you believe that DLL will improve the conservation status of GCN?

Are any of your clients aware of the changes to the licensing?

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* 4. Are any of your clients aware of the changes to the licensing?

Have any of your clients requested a DLL rather than a site specific licence for any project?

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* 5. Have any of your clients requested a DLL rather than a site specific licence for any project?

Have you processed a DLL for a project?

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* 6. Have you processed a DLL for a project?

Is it your understanding that, if the developer has been granted a DLL licence for GCN, then there will still be a requirement to trap and translocate any GCN found on site during development?

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* 7. Is it your understanding that, if the developer has been granted a DLL licence for GCN, then there will still be a requirement to trap and translocate any GCN found on site during development?

Did you know that there are plans to roll out DLL to cover other protected species?

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* 8. Did you know that there are plans to roll out DLL to cover other protected species?

Do you think that the widescale introduction of DLL will affect your workload as an ecologist?

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* 9. Do you think that the widescale introduction of DLL will affect your workload as an ecologist?

Do you have any further comments or observations about DLL

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* 10. Do you have any further comments or observations about DLL

Please provide your contact details if you would like a copy of the summary of findings from this survey

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* 11. Please provide your contact details if you would like a copy of the summary of findings from this survey

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