It is now necessary for any proposed development in Dorset that affects a bat roost to obtain a Certificate of Approval from the Dorset County Council's Natural Environment Team prior to submitting a planning application. This requires the following above and beyond bat surveys, impact assessment (pre-planning) and Natural England licence applications (post-planning):
Natural England’s European Protected Species Newsletter (July 2011) raised some serious concerns over some consultants advice in respect to when a mitigation licence is required. Specifically these relate to:
Ecosulis Facilitates Planning Permission and Construction
Ecosulis undertook the following works to assist Taylor Wimpey in the delivery of this project:
As construction progresses at the Eastbourne Road development, ecological monitoring of retained and newly created habitats, and protection measures such as fencing continues. This season’s monitoring shows continued use of the ponds on site by great crested newt, and a second successful year for the recently installed bat boxes, which were used by brown long-eared last year, and pipistrelle this year.
Natural England has issued new planning guidance in relation to greater horseshoe bats in the vicinity of the South Hams Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in South Devon.
Great Horseshoe Bats Conservation Status and Ecology
All British species of bats and their places of shelter are protected under UK and European law. It is an offence to kill, injure or disturb a bat or to damage or obstruct access to a place used for shelter or protection by bats. A European Protected Species Licence (EPSL) is therefore required to lawfully undertake development works to a building that is a confirmed bat roost and would otherwise trigger an offence.