Tree Preservation Order (TPO) Applications
If you own a tree which is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or you live in a Conservation Area, then the consent of the Local Planning Authority (LPA) is required before any works to these trees may be undertaken. The new standard TPO application form now asks for a higher level of information than was previously required and suggests that an appropriate expert is brought in to give advice.
Where this application is unsuccessful the tree owner has a right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate and an independent expert inspector will be appointed to a make a decision based on the evidence submitted.
How can we help?
If you are a home owner, land owner, school, or organisation that has responsibility for trees subject to a TPO or located in a Conservation Area, then a clear understanding of the rules and procedures in relation to these trees is essential. Unauthorised works has a potential maximum fine of up to £20,000.
What we will do?
We have many years’ experience in drafting TPO applications and appeal statements with a high success rate. We will also draw up formal objections to the placing of a TPO in first instance. If an application is refused and submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for appeal we will represent our clients case and ensure all the material considerations are explained in detail either at a formal site visit or planning appeal.
Why does the customer need this service?
Trees are dynamic, continually self-optimizing organisms, they maintain both their physiological functions and their structural integrity. Thus, the often massive structure of a mature tree above ground, consisting of the stem, branches, twigs and the attached foliage, is highly efficient in intercepting, using and storing solar energy, while also bearing its own weight and dissipating the potentially damaging forces of the wind.
Below ground, although far less obvious, the extensive root system is equally efficient both in providing anchorage and in pervading the soil in order to absorb the water and mineral nutrients that are essential for survival, growth, flowering and fruiting.
This standard gives general recommendations for tree work. It gives guidance on management options for established trees (including soil care and tree felling) and overgrown hedges.
The principles of this standard may also be applied to some shrubs, which can have similar characteristics to trees.
This standard considers the impact of work on an individual tree in relation to neighbouring trees, but does not cover overall management of tree populations.
The need for tree work will sometimes become self-evident to tree owners and site managers in the course of their regular duties. Tree work ideally forms part of a planned programme of management, which includes the successional planting of trees well-suited to their surroundings.
Principles for assessing the potential advantages and disadvantages of various aspects of tree work are stated, where appropriate, in this standard. Where work is required, it is important for clients to be aware of both the advantages and disadvantages before deciding the course of action to follow.