Bats scupper Swansea Uni plans to demolish student halls
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Demolition of old student residences at Swansea University has been delayed - because bats have moved in. St Modwen Developments, who have recently completed the £400m new Swansea campus, were planning to knock down some of the Hendrefoilan Student Village in the coming weeks. But plans to flatten houses 17-19 and 20-23 have been setback after a protected species of bat has set up camp. Once the European protected species licence has been resolved, the last blocks of flats will be removed. The site will eventually host 300 new homes, with just under 50 being built initially. Hendrefoilan Student Village was built in the 1960s and housed around 1,600 students. Local council leader Rob Stewart says: "This is not only a housing development which is much needed, but it also unlocks potential for further university investment in the city." Better hope the bats don't stick around, then.
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