Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Newts put the brakes on York shopping centre

  • Comment

A £90 million shopping centre project in York designed by DLA Architecture has stalled following the discovery of a growing population of newts

Construction was due to start today [Tuesday] at the 97,500m2 Monks Cross retail development on the outskirts of York but work has been put on hold after the wet summer led to the newt population on the site growing from just 3 to 300.

Greater crested newts are protected by law. Natural England rules require the contractors to apply for licenses for the removal and rehoming of the species. This process will only be considered complete once no newts have been found on the site for 5 consecutive days. But currently the newts are in hibernation and any work to move them is unlikely to be possible before the spring.

Planning permission has been granted for a wildlife habitat across the road from the shopping centre site, where the newts will be rehomed.

The development of the shopping centre will unlock funding for a 6,000 seat community sports stadium, nearby. The newt situation looks unlikely to affect the construction of this which is set to begin in Summer 2014.  

Richard France, managing director of the site’s developer Oakgate estimated the newts had already cost them £300,000.

He said: ‘it Is far easier to move people out of homes than it is to move newts of a construction site’.

Work is now expected to start on site in Spring.

Subscribe to AJ for £3 per week

Subscribe today and receive 47 issues of the magazine, 12 issues of AJ Specification and full access to TheAJ.co.uk and the AJ Buildings Library

Are you a student?

Students can subscribe to the AJ for £8 per month or £1.60 per week! Click here to start receiving the most recommended magazine for architecture students

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.