Homes to finally be built after bats delay

An artist's impression of the Aldcliffe Road scheme.
An artist's impression of the Aldcliffe Road scheme.

WORK to build new homes at a Lancaster canalside depot – which had been delayed by bats – is due to get under way before the end of the year.

Lancaster City Council’s planning committee backed plans for 14 three and four bedroom homes at the Aldcliffe Road site in May 2009.

The scheme included eight new homes plus the conversion of a boat house and former blacksmith workshop, both Grade II listed, into another six homes.

But approval was not immediately granted because planners told applicant H20 Urban LLP that more bat surveys were needed after an initial survey had found evidence of bats.

Those surveys were carried out in June and July 2009 and found evidence of three species of bat on site and of a roost and feeding perch in one of the buildings.

The applicant, a joint venture company owned by private developer Bloc Ltd and British Waterways, says it will build a replacement bat loft as part of a car port prior to any work that takes place on that building.

See the Lancaster Guardian (03-11-11) for full story.