Newt so fast: natural environmental rules and regulations

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Why did the newt cross the road? Because it needed to use the £1 million superhighway, built for it by the developer.

You may not have seen this story over the summer, tucked away on BBC News Cambridgeshire, but it is yet one more example of the existence of a protected species having a major impact on the proposed development.

The latest one case is the delay to the Monks Cross shopping centre development in York. A John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Next, due to open at the centre around Christmas 2013, will now be delayed until Easter 2014 in order for the newts to be rehomed.