Trees are fully recognised as a material consideration within the planning process. Most local planning authorities will include a statement within the Local Plan acknowledging the importance of trees in the wider environment. Veteran trees are protected by national planning policy. The increased protection for trees in the Environment Act has increased the importance of trees in the development process.
Development proposals need to demonstrate that trees have been fully considered and had an influence on the design process. Detailed guidance on this process is provided within BS5837 (2012): ‘Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – recommendations’. Planning authorities expect to see that professional advice has been obtained for the management of trees on a development site, and that this advice is in compliance with the guidelines provided in BS5837.
Our arboricultural team provide a full range of services to support you through all stages of your planning application, ensuring that you meet the requirements of the local authority.
Our services include:
- Tree Reports
- Tree Constraints Plans
- Arboricultural Impact Assessment
- Arboricultural Method Statements
- Arboricultural Clerk of Works
- Tree Collection Management
- Trees and the Law
- Tree Risk Management Policies