Bat survey findings put a halt to plans to demolish former Beer social club

Beer Social Hall. Picture: Google Street View

Beer Social Hall. Picture: Google Street View - Credit: Archant

Plans to demolish a ‘run-down’ building in Beer have been shelved after it was found to have bats roosting in it.

Plans to demolish a 'run-down' building in Beer have been shelved after it was found to have bats roosting in it.

An application was submitted to knock down the village's former social club.

The plans said the building, in Berry Hill, has become 'very run down' and would be impossible to use in future development.

It was planned to repurpose the land for up to seven new homes as part of a housing development.


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However, the application has now been withdrawn.

Geoff Pook, on behalf of applicant Beer Community Land Trust, said the plans were shelved after a survey showed bats were occasionally using the social club.

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The trust is also required to show district planners what it intends to do with the site once demolition work is complete, to comply with a planning strategy.

Mr Pook said that the earliest demolition work could get under way, once all requirements are complied with, is in early 2020.

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