2016 was a busy year for protected species licensing for the Atmos Mold Ecology Team, with four new development licences granted and a two further long-standing licences in place. Covering great crested newt (GCN), bats and badger for a wide range of developments and across Wales and England, this has given us a unique perspective on the  subtle variations in the licencing processes across different organisations, the wide variety of challenges encountered for different types of development and the broad range of solutions used to address these. Senior Consultant, Catherine Hibbert outlines some key lessons to be learned from recent EPS licensing experience in Wales.

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The Atmos team hit the ground running this year with a number of development projects being submitted for consent decision, including solar and wind energy projects and a residential led masterplan site in Shropshire.  From residential property development to road and rail infrastructure, wind energy to solar schemes, master planning and agricultural diversification, the year ahead promises to be another eventful year for us all, full of opportunity together with some challenges for us to overcome. Atmos MD Jean Curran looks at what 2017 might bring. 

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