Our Key Benefits
- Our principle consultant has five years’ experience working as a tree officer. He can therefore give expert advice as to what works will be acceptable to the Local Authority and handle the application in a professional manner.
- As protected trees can be very emotive to local residents, here at Tree Matters we understand the need to manage works in a sensitive manner. Our team can also help liaise with neighbours and other stakeholders to minimize any contentious issues.
- Our consultants can give expert advice where the are protected trees may be affected by a potential development. They can also provide reports in support or a potential planning application.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO’s) provide legal protection of trees which bring significant amenity benefit to the local area. They are served by the local planning authority (LA) and prevent any tree works being undertaken unless permission has been gained from the LA.
There are exceptions to this, when permission is not required but largely these are only when a tree can be considered to present a significant risk to people.
TPO’s don’t prevent an owner from undertaking tree works, it just means that an application has to be submitted detailing the location of the tree, a quantified description of the works being requested and explanation of the reasons for wanting to undertake those works.
Illegal works to trees can bring prosecution resulting in a criminal record and fines of up to £20,000:00
Tree growing within a conservation with a stem diameter of greater than 7.5cms at chest height, are also protected and require notification of any intended works to be given to the Local Authority (LA). If the LA wish to prevent the works from taking place they will then serve a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on the tree.
Like TPO’s a conservation area doesn’t prevent works from being undertaking it just means the works have to be justified.
Again, illegal works can bring prosecution resulting in a criminal record and fines of up to £20,000:00.
Tree Matters can provide advice in respect of protected tree and deal with the application process if necessary.
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