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.