Protected species legislation is not linked to planning permission, and so even if planning permission has been granted by your local planning authority you must still comply with the legislation.
European Protected Species Licence application in Oxfordshire
UES have recently completed a European Protected Species Licence application for a building in Oxfordshire.
Bat surveys were conducted by UES in September 2010 and July 2011. The surveys found moderate numbers of Noctule (Nyctalus noctula), Brown long-eared (Plecotus auritus), Common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) and Soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) bats using the area around the site to feed and forage. The bat surveys also identified the building as a Brown long-eared bat maternity roost with a maximum of 12 bats seen to be using the building.
Any action or development which has the potential to impact on bats or their habitats must be carried out under a European Protected Species Licence (EPSL) issued by Natural England. As the building is to be demolished the only course of action is to apply for a European Protected Species Licence. Failure to comply with the legislation can lead to heavy fines and potentially custodial sentences.
The European Protected Species Licence application for bats is comprised of 3 parts: the application form, the method statement and the reasoned statement. The EPSL process can appear very confusing if you are unfamiliar with it. UES have experience of many successful protected species licence applications and can provide advice on whether or not you will need to apply for a licence and what Natural England will need from you before they will grant it.