Rock star Ozzy Osbourne is feeling the sting of a karmic slap this week, after a protected species of bat has quashed his plans to build a new house. The singer had been planning to convert a barn on his Buckinghamshire, England estate into a two-bedroom home. But -- 30 years after Osbourne famously bit the head off a bat on stage -- a local city council has refused to grant the singer permission to build, citing "considerable evidence" that protected brown long-eared bats live on the grounds.
A spokesperson for the Chiltern District Council said:
Mr Osbourne cannot convert his listed building until satisfactory surveys and related mitigation, allowing the bats and owls to remain living on the site, is submitted. We must be satisfied measures have been put in place to protect the animals before planning permission can be considered.
In England, all bat species are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, meaning that, try as he might, Osbourne can't ignore the rights of bats this time around.