Limited bat surveying renders dwelling unacceptable

A proposal for a new dwelling in a residential area of the South Downs National Park was refused on the grounds of potential harm to bats as insufficient survey evidence had been provided to show otherwise.

The inspector considered the main issues in the case were the impact of the dwelling on the character and appearance, landscape and scenic beauty of the area and the effect of required works to trees for access to the site on biodiversity, specifically bats. She found the impact of the proposed dwelling to be acceptable in terms of its scale, form and design and would not result in significant harm to the landscape and scenic beauty of the national park. With respect to biodiversity she considered the two bat surveys that had been submitted by the appellants but found that she could not conclude no harm arising from the proposed tree works, using the precautionary principle, based on the limited survey evidence that had been submitted.

Inspector: Sarah Colebourne; Written Representations


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