We get many enquiries asking about whether a planning development will affect bats, or that a site is believed to contain roosting bats that may be affected. However the Bat Group does notget involved in planning issues unless all the standard procedures have been followed and their is still a serious and demonstrable cause for concern. We do not keep our own bat records, as all the information we gather goes to theWorcestershire Biological Record Center.
In very simplistic terms, bats are protected species and their roost sites are protected too. Therefore the planning process contains policies at National and Local levels to ensure that all protected species and wildlife habitats are identified and assessed. If the scheme is approved, appropriate mitigation measures are put in place as planning conditions which are monitored by the local authority.
The Bat Conservation Trust has some excellent information and resources to help you, whether you are a prospective developer wanting to know what information you need to provide with your planning application, or a concerned resident that feels that a development may be affecting bats that have not been taken into account.