Trees and Development.

The retention of trees within new developments provides an immediate sense of maturity, to the benefit of a site and its surroundings. Whilst also raising the overall quality of schemes and enhancing property values.

To achieve the highest possible outcome it is required under BS5837 that trees are surveyed before development plans are constructed, this will help to ensure a successful Planning Application. Our experience has demonstrated that including arboricultural advice during the design phase and developing a working relationship with the Local Planning Department is essential in a smooth development process.

All development reports are created in accordance with British Standards 5837 2012 'Trees in Relation to Design, demolition and Construction'.

This British Standard provides guidance, in respect of development sites, for a balanced approach on deciding which trees are appropriate for retention, on the effect of trees on design considerations and on the means of protecting trees during development.

Pre-development tree survey

Trees are initially inspected to identify those which are suitable for retention and those which are not. The survey will help to recognise areas which can be developed within a proposed site. A constraints plan accompanies the initial survey which highlights the crown spread and required root protection area of the trees.

Arboricultural Implications Assessment

An Arboricultural Implications Assessment (AIA) considers how a proposed development and its associated trees will co-exist and interact in the present and future. The carrying out of an AIA is recommended at an early stage within the planning process as it can identify and remove potential conflicts between the trees and the requirements of the development. Many Local Planning Authorities (LPA) are now requesting an AIA as part of planning requirements.

Arboricultural Method Statement

An Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS) is a document that describes all the measures to be undertaken to ensure the protection and ongoing health and viability of all the trees to be retained on a development site. The assessment will include the position and type of fencing required, a schedule indicating when and how specific works adjacent to trees should be carried out. This will cover items such as hand excavation within tree protection zones, surface changes etc, often required to meet planning conditions.

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