Statutory Controls

Trees have become the symbols of the environment for many people in recent times. In Britain the importance of trees in the provision of amenity and visual amenity has been recognised for many years. Statutory Protection for trees was first introduced in the modern form in the 1947 Town & Country Planning Act (the 1947 Act) and has been consolidated in the Town & Country Planning Acts of 1953, 1971 and the current 1990 Act. Local PLanning Authorities are required to consider trees when assessing planning applications and have the power to create Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).

Trees in Conservation Areas that are created under the 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act have similar statutory portection as those covered by TPOs. The Forestry Acts as amended provide statutory protection for trees in the countryside where TPOs and Conservation Areas rarely apply.

The TPO, Conservation Areas & Forestry protection systems are complex and specialist expertise is needed to be able to function legitimately and efficiently within them. We have considerable experience of working within all three areas, and indeed offer a training course on ‘Understanding and Working Within the TPO System’ We offer specialist advice in the following areas:

  • TPOs and Conservation Areas
  • Objections to TPOs
  • Applications for consent to undertake tree works
  • Conservation Area Notifications (S211 Notices)
  • Negotiations with Local Authorities
  • Appeals against refusal of consent for tree works
  • Expert Serives in the event of prosecution under the Planning and / or Forestry Acts
  • Felling Licence Applications

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