Natural England begins charging for advice service

Developers and consultants can now buy planning and licence screening advice from Natural England before submitting applications.1

The paid-for service was launched on 18 July, alongside a pre-submission screening service for wildlife licence applications.2

Natural England has developed the idea of charging for discretionary advice over the past 18 months (ENDS Report 429, p 8). Statutory advice, such as responding to planning consultations, will remain free.

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