Planning permission had been granted for the demolition of a house and its outbuildings, and the construction of 51 new homes. Ecological assessment and appropriate surveys were undertaken on behalf of the developer as required by the Local Planning Authority to identify if and how bats were using the house and outbuildings.
CEC obtained a Natural England European Protected Species Licence for the site. The project required a detailed works schedule, mitigation and enhancement proposals (such bat roost provision, light shields on some of the streetlights and landscaping), an ecological clerk of works (to supervise certain aspects of the work) and a post-development monitoring programme. To comply with planning conditions, advice was given to the client to enable suitable provision for nesting birds, including barn owl within the site.