Bats and Lighting – Providing Dark Corridors

Light spill from development is an important planning consideration as it can have significant impacts on light sensitive species, such as bats.

Bath itself is a stronghold for the ‘light shy’ Greater horseshoe bat. Consequently, Bath and North East Somerset Council planning policy expects new developments to, “…reduce or at best maintain existing light levels to protect or improve the darkness of rivers, watercourses or other ecological corridors…” (Policy D8, Placemaking Plan, B&NES 2017).

We have been working closely with clients to ensure lighting schemes achieve this on sites across the Bath area: Bath Spa University, Monkton School and the Bath Quays sites on the River Avon. These schemes have all resulted in positive outcomes for our clients, protected species and habitats.

Engagement with the ecological assessment process and inclusion of a detailed lighting strategy at an early stage are key in avoiding unnecessary delays and setbacks.

Please call us on 01225 876990 if you have any queries or wish to discuss further.

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