Newts, knotweed and EIAs: Experts’ tips for tackling planning’s toughest tests

Consultants and ecologists give James Agyepong-Parsons insights into how to tackle some of the toughest challenges in environmental planning while still achieving sustainable development

Great crested newt sitting on a leaf
Natural England introduced a new district licensing scheme for great crested newts in 2017

“You can develop sustainability and develop ecology at the same time, the two are not mutually exclusive,” says Land Use Consultants (LUC) board director for ecology Steve Jackson-Matthews.

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