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 “shal

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