Recent case law relating to European Protected Species (Woolley 2009 and Morge 2011 cases) has resulted in a notable change in the level of information relating to bats being requested from Local Planning Authorities across England and Wales in advance of either registering or determining planning applications.
Based on our recent experiences, Ecosulis has pulled together a list of top tips to consider in respect to bats when submitting a planning application that affects any structure (e.g. building, tree, bridge). By following these top tips it should be possible to demonstrate to Local Planning Authorities that favourable conservation status of bats will be maintained and is not a reason for the granting of planning permission to be delayed or refused.
Ecosulis's Top Tips:
- Appoint an Ecologist pre-acquisition or early in the design process to consider the likely presence of bats more detail
- Appoint an Ecologist pre-acquisition or early in the design process to consider the likely impacts of the development proposals on bats
- Where impacts are likely, but bat presence unlikely, get a suitably qualified ecologist to provide a statement outlining this assessment to submit with planning
- Where impacts are likely and bat presence is likely, undertake an appropriate level of bat survey in advance of finalising detailed design (note that evening surveys are likely to be required and optimal surveys can only be undertaken between May and August)
- Where bat presence is confirmed prepare a detailed mitigation strategy in support of planning to demonstrate how favourable conservation status will be maintained