Hertfordshire: Protected Species Mitigation and Licence Application

The client: Pentangle Design and Turtle Creek Development.

The brief: To convert part of a Grade II* listed C15th Tithe Barn in Pirton, Hertfordshire to residential use, and restore the remaining barn to its former glory.

Our solution: Maydencroft ecologists completed surveys of the barn for bats. Hibernation, dusk emergence and dawn swarming surveys confirmed the barn was in use by several species: Natterer's Myotis nattereri, Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus, Soprano Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pygmaeus and Brown Long-eared Plecotus auritus.

A programme of mitigation and compensation was devised by the ecologists to allow the project to go ahead without impacting the resident bat population on site. A Method Statement, schedule of works and post-development monitoring programme were devised and executed.

The result: Our work enabled Natural England to grant a European Protected Species Licence. Planning permission was granted and our client was able to proceed with the development.

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