As preparations continue for the demolition of Ironbridge Power Station, planning permission has been granted for the erection of a bat house.

Pegasus Group, on behalf of owners Harworth Group, said the bat house was part of the ‘wider ecology mitigation scheme’ for the redevelopment of the former power station.

Katie Hancock, of Pegasus Group, said: “The demolition of the power station was recently approved by Shropshire Council, but some of the redundant structures to be demolished have been colonised by bats.

“In order to compensate for the loss of the existing bat roosting and hibernating facilities, Harworth Group PLC in consultation with Natural England, opted to build a bat house as part of the ecology mitigation scheme.

“The bat house is expected to be built out by October 2019.”

Harworth Group bought the site last year and plans for hundreds of homes, businesses, leisure facilities, a school, village centre and park and ride scheme were revealed at a public consultation event last October.

Harworth Group and Pegasus Group plan to make a planning application to Shropshire Council in the Autumn.

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