Aston Mead welcomes newt detection pilot

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Aston Mead welcomes newt detection pilot previous nextLand & New HomesAston Mead welcomes newt detection pilotThe Negotiator12th February 20180539 Views Land broker Aston Mead has welcomed a new test devised by Natural England, to detect the DNA of great crested newts in ponds and streams.The test, piloted in Woking, Surrey, means that developers and councils may soon be able to resolve issues over the legally protected animals, without the current lengthy surveys to find and count them.Aston Mead Land & Planning Director Charles Hesse said, “This is the sort of simple test that developers all over the country have been calling for. It will allow councils to balance the protection of valuable wildlife habitats with the requirement to provide desperately needed new homes.“Without a definitive process like this, developers have to put construction on hold – for months – after the discovery of just a single newt, projects have suffered long delays, often adding tens of thousands of pounds in costs.”The great crested newt is protected under EU law, so licensed ecologists have to carry out four time consuming surveys to establish their presence. If discovered, developers must apply for a licence to disturb them, before painstakingly re-homing them one by one.The test means that developers will no longer be required to move individual newts, as long as councils protect the biggest populations and best habitats.Charles Hesse added, “This is not about riding roughshod over important ecological sites. The technology will identify areas where great crested newts are most prevalent and should be protected – development will be guided away from these places towards suitable locations.”newt test newt detection pilot newts Aston Mead February 12, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img