Yorkshire Ecology/EPS Licence

Yorkshire Ecology/EPS Licence

Project Scope and Delivery

Through a proactive approach from the start of the project, SYSTRA identified the potential for both great crested newts and bats during the early design stages of a bridge reconstruction. European Protected Species licences were secured from the statutory authority, Natural England, with subsequent licensed mitigation effectively implemented to maintain the existing, unyielding, construction programme.

SYSTRA’s Approach

A series of surveys identified bat roosts within the bridge and a population of great crested newts in land surrounding the site. Potential programme delays were avoided through detailed planning and liaison with Natural England around tight seasonal survey and construction schedules, including the onsite management of two European Protected Species Licences concurrent with the construction teams activities, including implementing mitigation measures. Other actions included:

  • Proactive and pragmatic approach to provide support to planning, enabling and construction stages ensured clients interests were prioritised outside of our remit.
  • Fixed construction programme, challenging seasonal restrictions to mitigation requirements.
  • Effective completion of ecological survey work, outside of the standard methods, under challenging working constraints.
  • Engaged directly with Natural England for licensing solutions and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for mitigation implementation.
  • Successful first time application for licences and reapplications to maintain construction programme.
  • Liaison with the multidiscipline project teams to ensure ecological constraints are considered in design.
  • Continual support to Client and Principle Contractors
  • Project Team in a manner that helped the implementation of the project.
  • Construction commenced to programme without being impeded by ecological licensing concerns.
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