Tree Survey Brighton: Our Arboricultural Services

Tree Survey, Brighton



Trree surveys and reports will often be required for planning applications if a potential development site will be within close proximity to trees and woodland. These types of arboricultural surveys are needed as local authorities in designated areas are required to review and assess the potential impact that a development could have on the surrounding trees, especially if it may involve tree removal.

Detailed tree surveys for planning are necessary as retained trees are protected under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. This protection is typically in the form of conservation areas, Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs), and root protection areas.

If your planned development requires a tree survey, Brighton, West Sussex, you are likely to need a number of tree services from an arboricultural consultancy in order to meet tree survey requirements for obtaining planning permission.

Brighton Tree surveyors

A tree surveyor is a professional that is qualified in tree and woodland management. The role of a tree consultant is to assess the health and safety, management and benefit of individual trees, including forests and woodland areas.

Qualified tree consultants have a varied role within ecology, putting tree care as their top priority. They have experience carrying out tree surveys and inspections and preparing tree reports for clients regarding individual trees or hectares s of woodland on a site. On development sites where retained trees are endangered by construction work, a consultant may be required to provide management recommendations and specific mitigation measures that must be taken to protect trees from damage.

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Tree surveys for obtaining planning permission




Planning officers use policy and evidence when making a decision on whether to grant or refuse planning permission for a development. Unfortunately, they cannot approve every planning application, and if there are environmental concerns, they may have no option but to refuse planning permission.

Obtaining an in-depth tree survey and report can have a positive impact on how your planning application is viewed. Your decision on whether to obtain a tree survey could be the deciding factor which determines whether your development can proceed or not.


Are all trees protected?



Trees that bring a significant benefit to a local area may be protected by a Tree Protection Order (TPO). A TPO is administered by Local Planning Authorities and no species is automatically protected by a TPO. However, a TPO can be administered on any type of tree. Shrubs, hedges and bushes cannot be protected by a TPO.

If a tree is protected by a TPO, it becomes a criminal offence to willfully damage, destroy, cut down, top, or top said tree without obtaining permission from the local authority.

Therefore, the local planning authorities need to consider the impact a development could have on a tree or woodland when granting planning permission.

Our tree survey services

Collington Winter Environmental offer tree work consultancy services to all locations in the United Kingdom, including Brighton and beyond. We provide a range of excellent services, including:

If you are looking to apply for planning permission and you believe that surrounding trees could impact this, please get in touch to find out more about our tree surveys.

How can Collington Winter assist?

Collington Winter believe in a pragmatic approach to development. We meet the needs of developers whilst also ensuring positive outcomes for surrounding wildlife. We work alongside our individual and commercial clients to find solutions to potential risks and develop relationships with all involved in the development process, from project managers to design teams.

Over the years, we have gained experience working with key stakeholders across the UK. To find out how a professional tree consultant from our team could assist on your development project, contact us using the details below.

We believe that an early consultation alongside one of our experienced consultants is the best way to improve the chances of a successful development project with a local planning authority. With current offices located across the UK, the team are well served to work nationwide.

We also provide protected species surveys and mitigation.

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