Destroying bat roost costs builders £19,000

A housing developer has been fined almost £19,000 for demolishing a property that was home to protected soprano pipistrelle bats, in only the second case of its kind to be brought by the Metropolitan Police.

In October 2016, Landrose Developments was working on the demolition and redevelopment of a bungalow in Stanmore, north-west London. Plans to do so were first submitted to the local council in 2011 but were rejected as the proposed two-storey replacement was excessively large and visually obtrusive. The scheme was later accepted in modified form.

The London Borough of Harrow stipulated that the development “shall not be commenced until an ecological survey and details of any ecological mitigation measures within the site, have been submitted and approved in writing”. The survey established that the bats were present, so the development could not be completed lawfully without obtaining a European protected species mitigation licence from Natural England and appropriate mitigation being in place.

Please sign in or register to continue.

Sign in to continue reading

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
or call 020 8267 8120

Subscribe for full access

or Register for limited access

Already subscribe but don't have a password?
Activate your web account here