Once full planning has been granted an EPS Mitigation Licence for development can
be applied for. Since licensing was introduced Jones & Sons have successfully applied
for over 100 of these licences and have therefore wide and varied experience from
many different projects and the details needed to satisfy the criteria of an application.
The second type of licence is called a LOW IMPACT LICENCE. This type of licence covers
sites where there are small numbers of bats from a restricted list of species and
there is no nursery colony present.
The licence application takes the information gathered by the survey works together
with the other details that went into the planning application and presents them
in a format acceptable to Natural England. There will normally be parts of the application
which require more detail than that provided at the planning level.
Important Things to Note
1. Most importantly keep in mind the timetable of the year. Exclusion of bats prior
to works may need to take place before the winter sets in or the works will be delayed
until the spring. See typical time table.
2. For WML A13 applications Natural England normally take approximately 40 WORKING
DAYS to decide an application from the date it is sent to them. There is no upper
limit to how long they can take and times frequently vary upwards depending on their
3. For LOW IMPACT LICENCE applications Natural England only take 10 WORKING DAYS.
4. In order to prevent the application being refused it is important to allow sufficient
time to fully reason out the application. This will produce a lead time prior to
submission. The amount of time the application preparation will take will depend
on the complexity of the project and the availability of all the required documentation.
5. If an application is refused Natural England will say why. A re-submission will
take Natural England approximately a further 30 WORKING DAYS to consider once any
issues raised by them have been addressed.