This is a warning to all developers not to undertake any works without first obtaining the necessary licences and permits from the appropriate Regulatory Authority.

In this case, the developer demolished a building in the site clearance for a residential development scheme which had been identified as housing a significant bat habitat during the planning process and conditions were put in place to protect such.

 It was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay a Proceeds of Crime Order of £5,285.

Not only is there a financial penalty to pay, but there will be damage to its reputation when applying for planning permission in the future.