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Bat Surveys And Your Planning Application

There are 16 different species of bat in the UK and all of them, as well as their roosts, are protected by UK law. Bat surveys are becoming more and more common as part of a planning application in order to ensure that the bats in our country remain healthy and protected without their numbers dwindling as a result of being pushed out of their natural habitat. To prevent this local planning authorities may demand that work take place at a time in the year that is sympathetic to the bats lifecycle and plans may need to be redrawn and mitigation put in place should any damage or interruption occur.

Bats And Their Roosts

If bats are present then it is usually necessary to show they would be accommodated in the new plans. This first requires a professional bat survey in order to determine the required information about the bats and their roosts within a property. If a planned development has bats resident within the area or bats that roost or even rest in the building then it is necessary to apply for a Habitats Regulations License which is obtained from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Protected Species

Even if it proves unnecessary to obtain a Habitats Regulations License it remains a criminal offence to recklessly or intentionally harm, damage, or disturb a bat. This not only includes injuring or killing them but also capturing the bat itself or removing or damaging their roosting sites. Even the bats foraging habitat should be protected and this may require litigation being put in place. The sooner you consult an ecology expert that conducts bat surveys the better; ideally if youre aware of the existence or the possibility of the existence of bats then it should be one of the first things you do.

Bat Surveys And Your Planning Application

When a planning application is made, the local ecology is a serious consideration of the planning authorities. Initially they will determine the likelihood of their being bats and other protected species within the planned development area. They will consider whether the property you wish to expand or build will affect the life and breeding of endangered species like bats and your planning application could be adversely affected. Plan early and you can avoid the penalties and some of the more difficult regulations that could be enforced.
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This article was published on 2010/11/27