The plans claim there would be no impact of the flood lighting or fencing on wildlife; however, this is not correct. There are bats on site which forage at Hough End. Bats are legally protected as Schedule 5 species and both their foraging and roosting behaviour are known to be negatively affected by floodlights.

Floodlights would also impact on adjacent residents as the proposed development has its hours of opening until 10pm. Such bright lights until this time would disturb and disrupt residents’ sleep, causing problems. Additionally, the noise and emissions from vehicles accessing or leaving the site at this time, would further disturb residents.

On this basis the proposal is unacceptable and should be refused.