HPBC admit bat slaughter

Bats have never been protected in Glossop, and High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control have systematically disregarded UK and European wildlife laws and ignored advice about protected species in development. HPBC failed to ensure that risks to bats were properly assessed, accepted substandard bat surveys, ignored advice from the Environment Agency and consultants with respect to the need for bat surveys, lighting conditions or roost mitigation, and also ignored unambiguous evidence of roosts. In no instances did they insist on or even recommend any bat mitigation in development. 

Latest update: Glossop Bat Group's letter to HPBC 

Major schemes like Howardtown Mill and every development in Glossop since bats were first protected in England in 1981 has been permitted regardless of the impact on bat populations. These very serious allegations were made to HPBC in July this year. The full text of the complaint, and High Peak Borough Council’s response, can be found here: HPBC and the Protection of Bats in Planning