TREE SURVEYS & ARBORICULTURAL ASSESSMENTS
All planning applications where trees are on site or fall close to development on neighbouring land are required to submit a Tree Survey to BS5837:2012, as part of any planning submission. BS5837 provides the specific methodology for assessing and classifying Trees in relation to Development.
Of particular importance to Landowners and Developers is the requirement to assess trees on development sites. This process is particularly challenging when the trees on site have Preservation Orders, or TPO’s.
Trees add value to development schemes but expert advice needs to be sought in addressing the value of Trees on site and how they might constrain development.
All BS 5837 surveys must be carried out by competent, appropriately qualified persons. Trees are acknowledged under planning policy as a significant asset to the landscape and Planning Authorities look to retain trees and enhance the landscape as part of any planning process.
Our Surveyors are experienced Arboriculturists, specialists in surveying trees and classifying their value and quality. We put together proposals to overcome obstructions to development and negotiate with Local Authority officers, providing robust justifications for removal, mitigation, replacement or accommodating development on site around existing trees.
Recent Successes include assisting a developer client in classifying trees under an Area TPO and justifying removal and mitigation planting allowing the site to accommodate significant development, where many other proposals might have failed.
Our Expert team provide Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA), Tree Constraints Plan (TCP) and Tree Protection Plans (TPP). Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS) are provided to demonstrate that development can be carried out appropriately.