Developer is still fighting Matlock bat roost case

Derby Crown Court.
Derby Crown Court.

A developer who was found to have destroyed the resting place of protected wild bats in Matlock after he went ahead with plans for a residential site is still appealing against the conviction.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard during a trial how Hargurdial Singh Rai, of Birmingham-based ISAR Enterprises Ltd, went ahead with the redevelopment of former offices on Dale Road despite a survey identifying the site as a resting place for the bats.

Rai denied the charge, claiming he had delegated decisions. Magistrates found Rai, of North Drive, Handsworth, Birmingham, and ISAR guilty of destroying the resting place of a protected species between March, 2011, and July, 2012. The defendant was to be sentenced at a confiscation hearing but after launching an appeal his case was adjourned to January 9, 2015, at Derby Crown Court, and it has been further adjourned until March.