The consent of the council has to be obtained before any work is carried out on such protected trees, except in cases where the tree is dead or dangerous. When permission is granted for the felling of a tree a replanting condition may be attached to ensure that the tree is replaced with the same or a similar species. The tree preservation order (TPO) then automatically applies to the new tree. You can find more information on Tree Preservation Orders and high hedges below.
Anyone wishing to carry out work on trees over 75mm in diameter within a conservation area has to give six weeks' notice of their intention to the council. This gives the council a chance to make a TPO where necessary. TPO and TCA application forms can be downloaded here - planning application forms and guidance
You can use our online mapping system to check if the tree is within the conservation area or covered by a Tree Preservation Order.
Prosecution for unauthorised works to trees can lead to a maximum fine of £20,000 or twice the value of the tree. This applies to a contravention of a TPO or works to a tree in a conservation area where proper notice has not been given to the council.
Many planning permissions have landscaping conditions attached to them to ensure that new development blends in with the surroundings. Considerable help and advice is given to applicants to ensure that a high standard is achieved.
The council is also consulted on applications for felling licences administered and determined by the Forestry Commission. The council can only concern itself with the amenity aspects of the felling. Further information can be obtained via the Forestry Commission website . Certain trees are exempt from felling licensing such as garden or fruit trees, all trees under eight centimeters’ in diameter, trees that are either dead or dangerous and if the felling is in accordance with an approved plan under the Dedication or Forestry Grant schemes.
Last updated: 20 January 2015