District Level Licensing (DLL) is now live across Greater Manchester. Our licensing scheme is a quicker and simpler alternative to applying for a GCN mitigation license. Greater Manchester Ecology Unit (GMEU) is the habitat delivery body.
Great crested newts (GCN) have seen dramatic declines in their populations over the last 60 years despite being protected under UK and EU law. It is an offence to disturb them so landowners and housing developers must apply for a licence before undertaking any building work on or around the places where they live.
DLL is a more strategic approach to licensing for this orange bellied amphibian. Developers deliver more, multiple new ponds, compared with their impact. The new ponds are created in the best places for newts to thrive. All of these ponds are monitored and maintained for 25 years. The work is all funded by developers and there is no red tape.