Controversial species licensing policies adopted

Natural England has launched four new wildlife policies to make life easier for developers and to fund investment for habitat creation but concerns remain

The policies are meant to help species like the great crested newt. Photograph: Michael Lane/123RFFour wildlife policies have been created to streamline the species licensing process for developers and to raise money for habitat creation, but not everyone is pleased with the move.

Natural England launched the policies, which resemble biodiversity offsetting without the metrics, on 14 December after a consultation and a pilot scheme.

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