We understand the planning system and offer the full range of consultancy services that may be needed to satisfy the tree-related requirements of your local planning authority. At an earlier stage, we can also offer pre-planning advice regarding the possibilities for your site.
Where planning permission is required for development in proximity to trees – including nearby trees on neighbouring land – local planning authorities should request reports submitted in accordance with BS5837: 2012 (Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction: Recommendations).
An arboricultural report will usually be required for any planning application where there are trees on-site, or where there are trees on neighbouring land within 15 m of the application area (this is due primarily to the risk of root damage).
As arboricultural consultants with extensive experience of development work – including on problematic sites and those with legally protected trees – our report recommendations are clear, practical, site-specific and cost-effective. They are supported by clear and accurate CAD drawings which provide quick and easy understanding of the specific situation. We find that the clarity of our reports is often appreciated by planners, architects and local authority tree officers.
Our strong commitment to professional development training ensures that we stay abreast of current policy, guidance and research. As such, we are able to present robust arguments in support of our report recommendations.
We have a positive and pro-active approach to trees and development, preferring to find solutions rather than obstacles. We recognise that trees are one of many competing factors to be weighed up in the planning process – but also that their presence can add value to a development, and that they bring a wide range of benefits to society, ecosystems and to the environment on which we all depend.
We always advise that arboricultural advice is taken at the earliest opportunity in the development process – most of our established and repeat clients find this approach very beneficial. Without early advice, wasted time and expense may be spent planning the retention of trees which are in fact diseased or unviable, or conversely in assuming that a particular site layout will be acceptable in close proximity to trees of value.