Man appeals after bat site is destroyed

Chesterfield magistrates court.

Chesterfield magistrates court.

A developer who was found to have destroyed the resting place of protected wild bats in Matlock after he forged ahead with plans for a residential site has appealed against his conviction.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard during a trial how Hargurdial Singh Rai, 55, of Birmingham-based ISAR Enterprises Ltd, went ahead with the redevelopment of former offices on Dale Road despite a survey which identified the site as a resting place for brown, long-eared bats.

Prosecuting solicitor Rod Chapman said the mischiefs were the destruction of the habitat of a species and the adverse effect on a community amenity and that the offender gained commercial advantage by avoiding costs and delays.


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