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BS5837: Survey for Planning and Development

When planning or altering land or property that is close to trees, you may be required to complete a BS5837 tree survey. BS5837 is the British Standard for Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction.

These types of tree surveys are needed as local authorities in designated areas are required to review and assess the potential impact that a development could have on surrounding trees in the area.

Whilst it is typically large residential developers that require this survey, it can also apply to individual homeowners who are looking to obtain planning permission. If your development requires a BS5837, you will need the extensive range of services from an arboricultural consultancy in order to meet the requirements.

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BS5837 Survey process

There are three separate components that make up a standard BS5837 survey. The BS5837 tree report will include the following:

Tree constraints plan – This is a CAD plan showing tree position, shade constraints, crown spread and BS5837 root protection areas. The purpose of this is to ensure that the planned development takes the tree constraints from your local authority into consideration.

Tree data schedule – This is a table that displays the data gathered in the tree survey. The age, condition, species, defects, recommendations and the BS5837 retention category are included for each individual tree. Each tree will also be displayed in a scaled diagram to determine which are the most important trees.

Report body – The tree report provides an overview of the site and general tree condition. Trees that could be potentially hazardous or have a high amenity value are given the most attention. Site-specific constraints will be discussed, and advice can be given to maximise the potential of your site without causing harm to trees.

Whilst a BS5837 survey cannot validate a planning application on its own, it helps developers to design around tree constraints and site conditions. This will get the project off to a good footing and will help to minimise any complications with local planning authorities further down the line.

How can Collington Winter assist with BS5837 Surveys?

Collington Winter Environmental believe in a pragmatic approach to development. We meet the needs of developers whilst ensuring positive outcomes for wildlife. We have extensive experience carrying out BS 5837 surveys for our clients. We believe that ecologists can earn a valuable seat at design team meetings to identify potential constraints and opportunities for clients.

We believe that early consultation, a pragmatic mindset and in-depth knowledge of ecological best practice and legislation is the best way to improve your chances of a successful project.

With current offices across the UK, the team are well served to work nationwide. Over the years, we have built strong relationships with key stakeholders across the UK.

To find out how a consultant from our team could assist on your development project, contact us using the details below.

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