Scottish Daily Mail

Prince’s pal Tom in flap over bats


PRINCE WIL­LIAm’S con­fi­dant Tom Bradby saw off ri­vals to be­come ITV’s main an­chor­man, but the news­reader faces an even stiffer chal­lenge to win ap­proval for a pro­gramme of im­prove­ments to his £1mil­lion home in Hamp­shire.

For Bradby — who wants to ex­tend the ground and first floors of the property he shares with wife Clau­dia, pic­tured, and their three chil­dren, as well as build a pool house — has been warned that the works might pose a risk to pro­tected wildlife. A se­nior ecol­o­gist at Test Val­ley Bor­ough Coun­cil, which will rule on Bradby’s ap­pli­ca­tion later this month, said he was ‘con­cerned’ that it could re­sult in the ‘killing, in­jury or dis­tur­bance’ of bats.

Per­mis­sion should be re­fused, he said, un­less there are no bats or that any im­pacts on them will be ‘mit­i­gated’ or ‘com­pen­sated’.

Bradby is used to be­ing in the line of fire, with his BBC ri­val in the 10 o’clock ‘bat­tle of the bongs’, Huw Ed­wards, pub­licly mock­ing ITV’s much lower view­ing fig­ures.

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