Bat colony in the old college building

Christopher Watts made this Freedom of Information request to Swindon Borough Council

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Christopher Watts

Dear Swindon Borough Council,

Regarding the recent delays to the demolition of the old college buildings on Victoria Road and Regent Circus, Planning Application S/10/0846, I understand from press articles that this delay is due to a colony of Bats taking residents in the old building.

Please can you supply the following information.

1. On what date was it first reported to the Swindon Borough Council (SBC) Planning department that there was a bat colony in the old college buildings?

2. On what date did SBC or the Developer engage the services of a specialist advisor / consultant regarding the bat colony.

3. Who are the specialist advisor / consultants contracted to supply a report to Swindon Borough Council Panning department?

4. On what date was the results of this report submitted to Swindon Borough?

5. What was the advice of the specialist advisor / consultant within the report.

6. If the report has not yet been submitted, what date is it expected?

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Watts

Customer Services, Swindon Borough Council

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Kind regards

Customer Services
Swindon Borough Council
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Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

Dear Mr Watts,



Ref: FOI Freedom of Information Request 101000300144


Thank you for your e-mail dated 10^th October 2011 received in our office
on 10^th October 2011, concerning a bat colony in the old college building
at Regent Circus in Swindon.  


I enclose for your attention, the following information.


Question 1. On what date was it first reported to the Swindon Borough
Council (SBC) Planning department that there was a bat colony in the old
college buildings?


Answer 1. It is up to the developer to decide when he wants to provide the
information to the local planning authority and discharge the conditions
imposed upon the permission to enable him to implement his permission.


To date, no contact has been made with the planning department about this


No information has been supplied to the planning department to discharge
any of the conditions.


I advise you to contact the developer, Ashfield Land at the address given
below. They may be able to answer your other questions about whether they
have engaged the services of a specialist advisor/consultant and may be
able to provide details and or timescales relating to any report which may
have been or is due to be submitted.


Andrew Fisher

Ashfield Land

7 Berkeley square





Tel 01179 175503


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Yours sincerely



Mr. Ceri Stephens([email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220


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