How did a rare newt help build a cycle path?
cludes Caroline. “From my first-hand experience, I can state with absolute confidence that it is also hugely beneficial from a project delivery perspective.”
The District Licence scheme, which is fully supported by the government and authorised by Natural England, is scheduled to roll out nationwide over the next few years but, right now, it is available to developers seeking planning in Aylesbury Vale, Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Oxford City, South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse.
Cllr Carole Paternoster, Aylesbury Vale District Council Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said:
“I’m very happy that we’ve become the first council in the country to approve a planning application with the assistance of the Great Crested Newt District Licence scheme. The licensing scheme helped to substantially reduce the amount of time that mitigation requirements for the Waddesdon Greenway cycleway took to be planned and certified. Given the smooth process with this particular application, I’m hoping that other developers will choose to sign up to the scheme.”
Developers or planning consultants wishing to find out more about the scheme can contact Mike Bull on 07557 115729 / firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.naturespaceuk.com
Waddesdon Cycleway will officially open in September 2018.
Construction underway at the Waddesdon Greenway
PHOTO: TIM MCGUINNESS
Construction starts on the Waddesdon Greenway