Bats Could Stop Work On Bungalow

A family that want to add room to their bungalow could face a problem if bats return to roost there.

The owners of Trevarrick at Trewince, wanted to add an extension and rearrange the internal layout of their small, two-bedroom chalet bungalow to include a third bedroom and ensuite bathroom.

The application said they were teachers with two children, who had just bought the property, and needed more room for their family.

The 6 metre by 4 metre extension would be clad in shiplap timber to match the existing property with a slate roof.

A small deck will be created at the south elevation of the property and an existing lean-to on the north elevation will be lengthened by approximately 1 metre.

Chief Planning Officer, Craig Dryden, said the alterations would improve the character and appearance of the building and recommended it for approval.

However, there is a possibility that bats have used the property to roost although none are there at the moment and Craig said work would need to stop if bats were discovered.

Daivid Pearson said he’s visited the property previously and it was in a bad state. He said it will benefit from the refurbishment.

Richard McCarthy was less enthusiastic about the design. He asked if there was any way of putting a slope on the western elevation, which he described as “pretty grim.”

Craig said it would be difficult because of the head heights involved.

The proposal was passed by planners.