Date lodged: 30 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether a bat emergence survey must take place before a planning decision can be determined.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 19 April 2017
Scottish Planning Policy states (paragraph 214): “If there is evidence to suggest that a protected species is present on site or may be affected by a proposed development, steps must be taken to establish their presence.”
Planning authorities have powers to require from an applicant such further information they consider necessary to deal with an application for planning permission. https://beta.gov.scot/publications/scottish-planning-policy/ Scottish Planning Policy