Brothers say they paid £105k for bat and newt surveys despite no evidence of them being on site

Surveyors looking at a property
The brothers project was delayed after being told the roof and pond on the property may be housing great crested newts and bat (Image credit: Getty Images)

Two brothers were forced to wait a year and pay £105,000 in survey costs as the house they were told their building may be housing bats and newts.

Damien and Michael Wynne, who own a small developer company called Q New Homes, were told an old roof and pond on a plot could be habitats for great crested newts and bats and needed to be tested.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.