CASE STUDY: REFUSAL OF PLANNING
The owner of a property development company contacted me to see if I could help with a problem on a site in Dorking, Surrey. The Local Authority had refused to register his planning application for a number of residential units, as the protection measures of privately owned trees located outside the site had not been considered during the design process.
An Arboricultural Method Statement was produced in line with (BS 5837:2005) – ‘Trees in Relation to Construction’ – Recommendations’
A number of tree related issues were addressed to satisfy the Local Authority’s Tree Officer.
Supervision of parts of the construction phases was provided to ensure personnel on site were aware of the importance of maintaining the high level of tree protection specified in the Arboricultural Method Statement.
“Having a tree expert who knows how to field all those awkward questions that Tree Officers ask was the key to getting our planning permission and I am grateful for the advice given during the build as it helped to reassure the Tree Officer”.
CASE STUDY: MAXIMISING LAND VALUE AFTER TREE PRESERVATION ORDER
An architect working for a landowner was instructed to submit a planning application for a residential development to maximise the value of a plot of land containing seven trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). After a detailed inspection of the trees it was found that three of the seven were not suitable for retention within any development.
Following a site visit with the Tree Officer their removal and the Local Authority accepted replacement within the proposed scheme.
One of the other trees was retained close to the proposed new site entrance with the use of a specialised method of driveway construction, which maintained the rooting environment of the preserved tree whilst allowing vehicular access to the development.
“I was very pleased with the level of service provided by Challice Consulting from the initial telephone contact to the tree advice provided”.