Thank you for your concern for the bats in your area regarding a potential threat from development. Unfortunately are a small voluntary group and regret we cannot get involved in individual cases. We therefore rely on concerned residents to help us protect bats by bringing matters such as this to the attention of planning authorities and developers.
- The Bat Conservation Trust have produced an excellent Planning Advice Pack, you can download this here.
This should assist you in taking relevant action where required. The Bat Group has published our standing advice on planning applications, click here for details.
Listed below are links to all statutory planning bodies in Somerset, and their Bat advice (where published)
Somerset Planning Authorities
SCC deal with planning applications that relate to minerals, waste and their own County Council developments such as schools, libraries, Social Services developments and new roads.
- Link to SCC – Planning applications and decisions
- Somerset County Council – Somerset Bat Species Action Plan
Your local planning authority (District or Borough Council) should be able to advise you of other types of developments, including extensions, residential and business developments.
We have 5 districts in Somerset each with their own planning departments, the details of which can be found below:
- Planning and building control
- Looking for a planning application
- North Somerset and Mendip Bats Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Guidance on Development