Bat impact risk requires further survey

Three 18 metre high turbines at a Suffolk farm were refused because of the potentially adverse impact on protected bats.

The habitat at the farm, including a moat, pond, slurry pit and buildings, offered attractive habitats for bats, an inspector determined and the farmhouse itself might at one time have had a large maternity roost. Some bats with stronger echolocation calls could travel widely over the open plateau landscape and were more likely to collide with the turbines. Without an appropriate survey of their presence and movement around the area, the inspector could not be certain that no significant adverse impact would occur.

Inspector Paul Griffiths; Hearing

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