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Concerns over wildlife are dismissed by council

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

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A CONCERNED resident has complained that the recent demolition of a doctor’s surgery in South Derbyshire has had a negative impact on the wildlife in the area.

The former surgery, in Repton Road, Willington, was recently pulled down to make way for a new Co-op store after the surgery was moved to new premises in Kingfisher Drive.

Saxon Grove resident John Orrell has expressed his dismay at the impact the work has had on wildlife. The 59-year-old said that birds were nesting in the area and he believed there to be newts.

He said: “While knowing that the demolition was due to take place, nothing prepared us for its brutal and devastating nature.

“The old car park was surrounded by beautiful woodland and was home to many species of wildlife, including newts and at this time 
of year hundreds of nesting 
young birds.

“The plans seemed to show they were going to leave some greenery but they have absolutely obliterated the area.”

But South Derbyshire District Council has dismissed the concerns and said the appropriate checks for this situation were carried out.

A spokesman said: “The Wildlife Act and Habitat Regulations provide protection for nesting birds and newts and it is the responsibility of the land owner to ensure that a breach of this legislation does not arise.

“Where a planning application is submitted which might have significant effects of protected species or their habitat, the council can seek provision of sufficient surveys.

“In this instance, with no water bodies on the site, there was not considered to be an elevated risk to any newt colonies. A tree survey was undertaken and those scheduled for removal were considered acceptable.”

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