Of particular interest was the talk by Sue Hooton, who discussed the role of the council ecologist. Council ecologists help Local Planning Authorities understand and apply wildlife legislation in their duties, including planning decisions. As part of that role, council ecologists read and comment on ecology reports submitted for planning applications. Sue Hooton is a council ecologist East Anglia, and she has a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience locally, including familiarity with many local bat roosts.
As bat issues can be complex, we particularly value knowledgeable council ecologists like Sue who make a significant difference to how quickly and smoothly a planning application can proceed.
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