Plans back on track after bat man's report

The plans for a small extension at Fleet Community Hospital remain on track, with the anticipated opening of the Integrated Care Centre set for October 31, 2020.

The planning process has been delayed slightly following the discovery of bat activity in the building during an initial investigation. This resulted in the CCG withdrawing its planning application to allow for emergence/re-entry surveys to take place, in line with Bat Conservation Trust guidance.

These surveys are being undertaken to determine the species and quantity of bats and the type of roost. The first survey has identified a single common pipistrelle emerging from the south side of the building. Having received legal advice that this is not a rare species, this should be sufficient information for planning consent, with a full bat report to follow.

The CCG will therefore be resubmitting its planning application to Hart District Council on August 9. This should enable the report to be considered for approval at the October planning committee meeting.

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