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Plans for the new multi-million pound Durham Police headquarters can now go ahead after Natural England granted them a wildlife licence relating to great crested newts.
The building work can begin once a fence has been erected to prevent any great crested newts from being harmed by entering the site.
Outside this fence, great crested newts will be carefully captured and moved to a suitable receptor site nearby after their hibernation ends in Spring.
Durham Constabulary hope that the move to the new police headquarters will enable them to make annual savings of around £750,000.
A wildlife discovery has put a halt to work on a new 14 million pound police headquarters in Durham.
Ecologists have found Great Crested Newts near the site, and as the species is protected, the police need permission to move them before they can start building work.
Officers are becoming extremely frustrated by the delays and say that it is costing them two thousand pounds a day.
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Natural England is hoping that ecological surveys will be completed in the Spring.
It will then look at whether the newts can be protected, where they are, or whether they have to be found a new home.
This means that building work is unlikely to start until at least the middle of the year.
Durham's Assistant Chief Officer, Gary Ridley, says that the delays are costing the force money:
Natural England have confirmed that the newt found on land planned for the construction of Durham Police's new headquarters is a rare-breed great crested newt.
The area is known as a breeding ground for great crested newts - which are a protected species.
The discovery of a newt, that could potentially be a rare great crested newt, has halted building work on Durham Police's new 14 million pound state-of-the-art headquarters.
The amphibian is believed to have been found hundreds of yards off site, near the East Coast mainline after an ecologist carried out a survey last year. If confirmed as the rare breed, there are fears that it may try to move during construction work.
The police force applied to Natural England for a licence to relocate the newt, but the body which protects the natural environment asked for more information and is yet to make its decision.
Police are said to be frustrated by the delays at a time it is making changes to cut costs. Natural England says it is now treating the issue as a top priority.