Developers of a multi-million pound plan for a new hotel in Abersoch, Wales have come up against a new hurdle, as two colonies of bats move in to the property.
The £7.8m hotel development, which has already been plagued by delays, is on hold once again after bats were found in the building.
The plan to transform the derelict White House Hotel into a luxury 42-bedroom spa hotel with 18 high class apartments was finally given planning permission by Gwynedd Council in the spring after a number of delays.
The latest hold up came after Flintshire-based developers Broomco commissioned a survey of the site by an ecological society, which discovered the bats roosting at the hotel.
The project is on hold once again while experts look at ways of re-housing the Common Pipistrelle and Lesser Horseshoe bats with minimum disruption to the creatures.
A statement issued by Broomco read: “Since being awarded Planning Consent to rebuild The White House, attention has now been drawn to the current inhabitants that have taken up residence in this prime location.
“All developers have a responsibility to ensure everyone and everything involved within a new project and surrounding community are given full consideration.
“It is this responsibility that led the developers to invite the Cambrian Ecological Society to undertake a full survey of the structure and its grounds. This survey has led to the discovery of a number of bats roosting in the hotel.
“Time will now be taken to ensure all guidelines are completed to rehouse the bats in way that causes them minimal disturbance."
An online petition was started in the wake of the council’s earlier decision to refuse permission for the hotel, with more than 1,000 people joining the ‘Reverse The Refused Planning Permission On The White House Hotel Abersoch’ Facebook group.
Catherine Williams, of Rhydyclafdu, who started the group said the hotel was “fantastic” for the area.