We thought an update of European Protected Licence delays for bats and great crested newts on our previous February stats article might be of assistance.
Natural England are still unfortunately experiencing delays in reviewing European Protected Species Licence applications. If you need to gaining a licence and how it might affect your project, please contact us as soon as possible.
The Natural England FCS test are also now processed and signed off at a regional level, which may have lead to some teething issues. It has helped by improving lines of communication once an advisor has been allocated. Generally discussion on allocation dates are “vague”, but once the licence is allocated and processed this is generally quick. As a corollary, then it is difficult for clients to plan with certainty when a licence will arrive, except at short notice.
Delays with bat licences have not worsened, but remain steady at around three to four weeks. Hopefully newly trained staff should be assisting now, but our forecast is for no improvement in the immediate to near future.
With respect to Great Crested Newts, we would forecast that there will be additional delays, which are shown by the lengthening queue, due to the normal “spring surge” of new applications.
The following are based on ‘New’ Application processing time during the four week period 2nd March 2015 to 3rd April 2015 :
Bat Update (as of 6th April 2015)
- 368 ‘New’ Applications outstanding [ Up from 355 on 10 February, 279 on 22 December ]
- “New application processing time: Average delay of 17 days (47 days versus 30 working day decision deadline) [ No change from 48 days on February and 47 days on 22 December ]
Similar processing times were reported for Modifications and Resubmissions.
Great Crested Newt Update (as of 6th April 2015 )
- 162 ‘New’ Applications outstanding [ Up from 52 in February, 19 on 22 December ]
- “New” application processing time: Average delay of 5 days (35 days versus 30 working day decision deadline) [ 32 days on February, 37 days on 22 December ]
There were similar processing times for Modifications and Resubmissions.