The majority of my work involves Tree Surveys for development sites, which are used to help inform the layout of the site’s proposed buildings, access points, driveways and services. The trees are graded during the survey according to their health, quality and amenity value and the best are usually retained where possible. Retention of good quality trees will add value to a site and of course, the reverse is true if unsuitable trees are retained, so it is important to start the development process with an initial tree report to ensure that time and money is not wasted during the Planning stage.
Local Authorities vary in the emphasis that is placed on trees by the various Officers and elected Committee Members that determine the outcome of a Planning Application. All Local Authorities however, have to consider trees and other arborial features as part of the planning process, so most planning applications for sites that have trees and established hedges within the curtilage, or in neighbouring property will now require a Tree Survey and Report to the current British Standard. Presently, BS5837:2012 is the British Standard for “Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations”.
I have put together a page with some Links to make it easier for you to find the information that the local authorities in this area provide on their websites.