Why are councils reluctant to join Natural England’s district-level licensing scheme?

The roll out of a radical new district licensing scheme for great crested newts nationwide is struggling to get off the ground due to an “unwillingness” from councils to adopt the new approach. James Agyepong-Parsons investigates

by James Agyepong-Parsons
Great crested newts are a protected species. Photograph: Leonora Enking/Flickr
Great crested newts are a protected species. Photograph: Leonora Enking/Flickr

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