WHY IT HAPPENED
ASHFORD council says detailed environmental studies were carried out in the area and that the development will help Singleton. Spokesman Caroline Owen said: “An ecological survey was carried out and deemed to be in order. “English Nature were consulted and raised no objection to the development, subject to further investigations for bats. “There are trees subject to preservation orders which remain protected. Some other diseased trees have had to be felled or pollarded on safety grounds. “Preparatory vegetation clearance work has been carried out on the site, in advance of bird nesting season, in accordance with RSPB recommendations. “Occupation of the site should help in avoiding the vandalism and litter that has spoiled it for a considerable time.” The council said only a small section of the pond will be filled in.