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Trees and Hedgerows

Some trees and hedgerows are protected, and consent is required prior to any works to them being carried out.

Protected Trees

Trees can be protected in three ways:

1. Protection by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)
2. Protection by virtue of being located within a Conservation Area
3. Protection by virtue of a condition(s) being attached to an earlier planning permission relating to the site.

Prior to carrying out any works, therefore, you are advised to contact the Development Control section to clarify whether the tree(s) you wish to carry out works to is affected in one or more of these ways.

For trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order or within a Conservation Area, the relevant form and guidance note can be downloaded.

If you consider that a tree is worthy of protection, please write to the Council identifying the tree(s) in question and outlining why you consider it should be protected, and your request for a TPO to be made will be considered.

The following documents on the Department for Communities and Local Government website provide further advice on tree protection issues:

Guide to Tree Preservation Procedures
Guide to the Law and Good Practice

Hedgerows

Under the terms of the Hedgerow Regulations 1997, approval is also required for the removal (in whole or in part) of hedgerows where they are on, or run alongside:

  • agricultural land;
  • common land;
  • land used for forestry
  • land used for the breeding or keeping of horses, ponies or donkeys; or
  • a Local Nature Reserve or Site of Special Scientific Interest (details of LNRs and SSSIs can be viewed on the Natural England website)

This is simply a general guide to the circumstances in which approval is required. Further advice on the circumstances in which hedgerows require approval to be removed, and the criteria by which their importance is assessed is contained on the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website.

To apply to carry out works to a hedgerow the relevant form, Hedgerow Removal Notice and guidance notes can be downloaded for submission to the District Council.

High Hedges

Some high evergreen hedges can cause problems to neighbouring properties by way of overshadowing etc. Legislation to deal with this issue came into force in 2005; details of the legislation can be viewed on the DCLG website.

Tree Information

You may also find the following sites useful in respect of trees generally: british-trees.com contains useful information on trees, including a Guide to Native British Trees. Similarly, the Royal Forestry Society site contains a wide range of information on trees, including a Guide to Native and Non-Native Trees.

Last updated: Mon 3rd February, 2014 @ 08:38

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