Tree preservation orders (TPOs) & conservation area planning applications

If you live in a conservation area or have a tree or group of trees subject to a tree preservation order we can help advise you on what might be possible and if relevant put in an application for the work required. If your confused as to what these are there is a bit more information below:

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

A Tree Preservation Order is an order made by a local planning authority in England to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity.

An Order prohibits the following without the local planning authority’s written consent:

  • Cutting down
  • Pruning works
  • Wilful damage
  • Wilful destruction

There are a number of caveats to this such as if a tree is dead, dyeing or dangerous it is only nescesary to inform the council of your intent to carry out works on the trees in question.

Local authorities do howerver recognise the need for good tree management and are generally very helpful in assisting responsible tree owners.

Tree Preservation order

What is a conservation area?

Conservation Area

A conservation area is an area in a town, village or city considered worthy of preservation or enhancement because of its special architectural or historic interest.

With regards to trees in a conservation area an application must be put in when you propose to work on a tree with a stem diameter of more than 75 mm when measured at 1.5 metres height above ground level.

The same caveats apply to trees in conservation areas that do to tree preservation areas and again local authorities do recognise the need for good tree management and are generally very helpful in assisting responsible tree owners.

 

 

 

 

 

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