Are you a developer looking to fell a tree – for any reason? Then there are three questions you need to ask. Is it: in a conservation area?covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)?covered by the Forestry Act? Even if you have permission to fell the tree you must still consider legally protected species such…
We have established CPD Seminars to help up-skill your team when it comes to navigating environmental surveys for development. The Seminars cover various issues such as risks, timescales and design implications, and they offer practical guidance for your own workload and development.
You’re all set to start planning your development, or maybe submit the planning application, when you’re told you need a tree survey. Who do you need to ask, and what is it you need from them?
Planning permission has at last been granted on a site where trees have provided a stumbling block for at least two years, following the use of radar by agb Environmental’s specialist arboricultural team.
Trees can be a real asset to a development. Keeping existing trees, or planting new ones can help both to gain planning approval and to sell the properties. But it’s not just a simple case of keeping trees where they aren’t directly in the way, or planting new trees wherever there is space.
Accurate plotting of trees is an essential part of any development survey. By making sure your topographic survey covers trees suitably, you won’t also need to pay for your Arboriculturist to plot them as well.
When building near trees, you need to consider both how your building may damage roots, and how roots may damage your building. You can’t usually see where they are until you start digging, so how can you plan your development to take roots in to account?
When building near trees, there are several factors that can influence where and how far consideration will need to be given to roots.
With the potential to increase income, reduce costs and eliminate any risk of prosecution, a tree survey is a sure fire way of increasing the value of your next development.
Planning applications often need to be supported by several reports containing a diverse range of recommendations. These may be provided by an equally diverse range of consultants who may never be involved in the development of other reports. This can lead to increased costs and delays if problems arise as a result of conflicting recommendations.
You have a degree of control over trees within your ownership. You probably already know you may need a tree survey to tell you which to remove and how to design your scheme around them.
You’ve finalised the plans and instructed the surveys, there is a date in the diary for the planning submission and it’s all systems go. But then the surveys start to come in…
Here at agb Environmental we are always on the lookout for new techniques to produce accurate results. Firing a laser at a tree doesn’t sound like the best way to help protect it from development, but that’s what was needed for one site in Chelsea recently.
Having trees on or near your site can prove to be a headache when it comes to development. Getting an Arboriculturist on board at an early stage can both prevent delays and costly revisions.
The public have a fascination with ancient trees. The recent national poll on the nation’s favourite tree drew the interest of newspapers, with the winner going up against trees across Europe.
Joining the agb Environmental team in November, Richard Parmee has taken on the role of Principal Arboricultural Consultant at agb Environmental.
If you own or are responsible for trees, do you know what your legal obligations are, and are you meeting them? agb Environmental has some advice for those tree owners among you.
In a recent report, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has said that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) should be doing more to protect against unsustainable development and ensure that unwanted housing projects are not built.
In a recent parliamentary statement, the Government has encouraged the redevelopment of Brownfield sites by agreeing that small housing plots on this type of land will no longer be subject to obligation. A potential hazard due to its former industrial and commercial uses, Brownfield sites may be contaminated by low concentrations of waste or pollutions…
London’s plane trees could be under threat, warns the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), from a new disease originating from the Continent. Plane trees account for 10% of all trees in London, making them one of the most densely populated breeds in the capital.
Northam Town Council has recommended first level refusal of a proposed development on greenfield land, which includes 200 new homes, yet agb Environmental warns of risks involved.
agb Environmental’s Principal Arboricultural Consultant, Richard Parmee, discusses the origins of Christmas trees in the UK and the wide range of different tree species available. Choosing the right tree may be confusing with so many considerations: what makes one better than another; is it best to buy with roots; should it be grown in a…
The danger Japanese Knotweed poses to biodiversity has been well publicised, and now a change to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act gives regulatory powers the right to fine those who refuse to act upon knotweed infestations. Inaccurate reports have stated ASBOs could be given to homeowners failing to control the spread of Japanese…
Whether removal or retention of trees is preferred, developers must remain aware of the ways in which to work with these ‘material constraints’. Tree considerations are a vital part of the planning process. The Local Planning Authority (LPA) may require that the best trees be retained within any development. The British Standard BS 5837:2012 provides…
There are numerous benefits for retaining trees that developers should be aware of. Although often seemingly in the way of construction, trees can add value to your site and may also be protected by LPAs, therefore subjecting your development to planning constraints.
agb Environmental’s top tips for building near trees ensure you remain informed about the possible challenges ahead.