Pre-submission screening service: advice on planning proposals affecting protected species

Natural England is offering an advice service on planning proposals requiring a European protected species mitigation licence and the charges that will apply.

Natural England is offering a pre-submission screening service, offering advice on planning and development proposals which might affect European protected species before formal or outline planning permission is secured.

The service offers advice on:

  • whether the proposals are likely to meet licensing requirements
  • what changes could be made to the proposals to meet licensing requirements

The service aims to help in understanding the risks and costs associated with planning proposals by: 

  • not having to wait until the formal submission stage to understand licensing requirements (once planning permission is secured)
  • having an opportunity to gain further information following an initial formal licence application 

It offers: 

  • a review of draft application documents by Natural England licensing advisers
  • a written advice note highlighting issues which need to be addressed giving views on the relevant licensing tests
  • the opportunity for a site visit with a written report of the advice given
  • a follow up telephone support to clarify highlighted issues prior to formal submission

It is available for new licence applications, resubmissions or modifications. Natural England assesses a request and confirms whether the pre-submission screening service is appropriate. If a case is accepted, a draft licence application will be requested with as much information as available at the time.

Natural England aims to respond with advice to accepted cases within 30 working days. 

Date: 03/11/2014 Date of publication

Author: Natural England

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 4.14

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