Consultation outcome

Bovine TB: comment on a badger control licence application or expression of interest

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Original consultation


Find out how to comment on badger control licence applications or expressions of interest in Cheshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

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Consultation description

Natural England has received 29 applications or expressions of interest for a badger control licence. These cover areas ranging from 135 km2 to 655 km2 (with the average area being approximately 330 km2) within the counties of:

  • Cheshire
  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Somerset
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire

Natural England will not give further information on these applications or expressions of interest.

Following Defra’s guidance to Natural England, you have an opportunity to comment to raise material issues about how you might be directly affected by the activities carried out under a badger control licence.

How to comment

Natural England invites you to submit information on any significant impacts that may be relevant or any information that Natural England should be aware of when determining an application. You can do this by completing the online survey, or by post or email.

You should state in your response if you require an acknowledgement from Natural England or if you wish your identity and/or response to remain confidential. In specific circumstances the applicant may need to contact respondents to discuss the material issues raised through the opportunity to comment process.

In order for us to take account of any issues that you raise in the relevant area it will be necessary for you to provide your full address. Details of the issue raised and an indication of the location will be passed to the relevant applicant to see if the issue can be addressed.

Natural England will take account of any representations received after the deadline and before any decision to grant a licence is made, which arise from a change in personal circumstances or new local considerations occurring after the deadline.

You can send Natural England separate documents, maps or photographs by post or email to support your comments. Please mark clearly who they are from. Send these documents to Natural England, BM 6283, London, WC1N 3XX or

Don’t use this process to comment on the government’s badger control policy or its criteria. A consultation has already been held to invite comments on this. Contact Defra if you have a question relating to the government’s badger control policy.

This opportunity to comment will also be advertised in local newspapers and county and district council offices.

A summary of the responses to this opportunity to comment will be published on GOV.UK.

Published 18 February 2016
Last updated 26 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added summary of responses to the opportunity to comment.
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