by Ian Yuill on 12 July, 2021
The Council’s Planning Service has rejected my call for a Tree Preservation Order to be put on the trees on the land between Airyhall House and Northcote Lodge.
Last week I urged that a Tree Preservation Order was put on the trees on this land (the brown area on the map above) after it was put up for sale as a site for house building.
Today (12th July) I received a reply from a Council Environmental Planner saying that they do not agree that a Tree Preservation Order is needed because the trees on this land are already protected as part of a Conservation Area.
Whilst these trees do have some protection because they are in a Conservation Area, I believe they need to be protected by a Tree Preservation Order.
I asked the Planning Service to reconsider this decision. on 15th July it once again refused to protect these trees with a Tree Preservation Order.
I was told by an Environmental Planner, “I discussed your request with my team leader and colleagues yesterday. We are in agreement that there is no benefit at this time in serving a tree preservation order given the existing tree stock are located within a conservation area.”
The Environmental Planner also said, “… this does not prevent us from serving an order in the future, as outlined in my previous email, if we are presented with an application for tree works that poses an actual unacceptable threat to the trees. But at this time we do not plan to proceed with the serving of a tree preservation order.”
My firm view remains that these trees should be protected by a Tree Preservation Order.3 Comments