Tree Survey London: Our Arboricultural Services
Tree Survey, London
When requesting planning permission for a development, a tree survey may need to be undertaken. Tree surveys and reports will be required if a potential development site will be within close proximity to trees and woodland. These types of 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 if a planning application is submitted.
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 development requires a tree survey, London, you will need the extensive range of services from an arboricultural consultancy in order to meet tree survey requirements to obtain planning permission.
A tree surveyor, otherwise known as an arboricultural consultant, is a professional that is qualified in tree and woodland management. The role of a tree consultant is to advise and assess the health, management and benefit of individual trees, including forests and woodland areas.
Tree consultants have a varied role within ecology, putting tree care as their top priority. They carry out tree surveys and inspections and prepare tree reports for clients regarding individual trees or all trees 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.
Tree services are typically required by developers during the planning process and development of a site. Landscape designers, planning applicants, project managers, architects and individuals looking to obtain planning permission for a property may all require tree consultant services. Our tree surveys in London can also put you in touch with professional tree surgeons to help with your development project if they are required.
Tree surveys for obtaining planning permission
Planning case 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 in London
Collington Winter Environmental offer a range of tree work consultancy services to all locations in the London areas. Our services include the following:
- Tree condition surveys
- Aerial tree inspections
- British Standard BS5837 tree surveys
- Arboricultural method statements/ tree protection plans
- Arboricultural impact assessments
- Site monitoring and arboricultural supervision
- Tree constraint plan drawings
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 in London and arboricultural services.
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 and develop relationships.
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.
Over the years, we have built strong relationships with key stakeholders across the UK. To find out how a tree consultant from our team could assist on your development project, contact us using the details below.
23 Bark Street East