The debrief: How a water firm agreed a deal to remove individual protected species licence requirements

Natural England’s approach to streamlining its regulatory process could help Southern Water achieve its five-year plan for environmental improvements

PROJECT Organisational licence
ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED Southern Water, Natural England

Until this year, if Southern Water wanted to carry out any work that was going to affect badgers, dormice or great crested newts, then, like every other company or organisation in the UK, it had to apply for a special licence from the relevant regulatory authority – in this case, Natural England.

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