This is Natural England’s ‘standing advice’ for water voles. It is a material planning consideration for local planning authorities (LPAs)...This is Natural England’s ‘standing advice’ for water voles. It is a material planning consideration for local planning authorities (LPAs). You should take this advice into account when making planning decisions. It forms part of a collection of standing advice for protected species.
Following this advice: avoids the need for you to consult on the impacts of planning applications on water voles in most cases can help you make decisions on development proposals
You may need a qualified ecologist to advise you on the planning application and supporting evidence. You can find one using either the: Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management (CIEEM) directory
Environmental Data Services directory
Qualified ecologists should follow the: Water Vole Conservation Handbook 2011 - published by the Wild Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford
Water Vole Mitigation Handbook 2016 published by the Mammal Society