"The aim is to take a more strategic approach to the conservation of newts, ensuring that resources are focused on newt populations and habitat that will bring the greatest benefits to the species. At the same time it will make the licensing process much more straightforward for developers on sites where newts are present."
The full press release is available here.
The 2016 Herpetofauna Workers Meeting is nearly upon us and I rather suspect that 'The Woking Project' will be the cause of much heated debate.
In the meantime, there is an open consultation and the borough council have invited comments from the public. If you'd like to learn more about the project and offer your opinions direct to the policy makers you can do so here. But hurry, you only have until 10th February 2016.
As you can no doubt guess I have my own views on this project and I'll be sharing my thoughts over the coming days...