Bats get a brand new home at Fair Acres

Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014

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Bats as well as humans will soon be enjoying brand new homes at our Fair Acres development coming soon to Honeybourne, in leafy Worcestershire.

We are due to launch this much-anticipated development in the village soon, and alongside the 75 new homes, a new roost for resident bats will also be constructed.

The roost, which will be located in a purpose-built habitat adjacent to the High Street, is needed as the development proposals require a barn currently used by roosting bats to be demolished.

Rob Beattie, Technical Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “As a responsible and considerate housebuilder, we have carried out extensive surveys of the site to identify the presence of wildlife and their habitats.

“To mitigate the loss of the bats’ existing roost, we have worked closely with environmental consultants and been guided by Natural England to create a new purpose-built roost which will ensure the bats will be able to continue roosting on site.”

The roost’s design has been guided by experts from CSa Environmental Planning, who conducted a full ecological survey of the site, which confirmed the presence of one lesser horseshoe bat, and some brown long-eared bats.

In addition, a new native hedge/treeline will be planted between the roost and an area of public open space, to provide a sheltered flight path for bats to enter and exit the building. The hedge will also provide bats and other wildlife with opportunities for foraging.

The work will be overseen by an experienced Natural England bat ecologist, and will only be allowed to take place once a European Protected Species licence has been issued by Natural England.

As part of the planning consent for the site, Taylor Wimpey will contribute around £260,000 towards education provision, cycling facilities, highways improvements, leisure services, public art projects, recycling facilities and public open space within the village.

Land is to be made available for the construction of a new village hall while Wychavon District Council will also receive payments under the New Homes Bonus scheme to spend within the local community.

There’s a selection of two and four-bedroom homes currently available to reserve at Fair Acres.