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"When you are planning a building development, it is sometimes the smallest issues (or creatures) that can hamper your plans. An issue which can cause serious delays is failing to conduct a proper wildlife survey. The next date developers need to be aware of is the end of September, which is the last chance to carry out bat activity surveys before next April.
"... It is not possible for Local Authorities to lawfully grant planning permission 'subject to an ecological survey' due to the requirements of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. This could mean a wait of at least six months until the survey season commences again."