A two-storey, locally listed, detached residential property with mature landscaped gardens on a 0.9-hectare site. Trees at the rear of the site are protected by a Stockport Council Tree Preservation Order (TPO), and the site is in a Conservation Area.
Planning permission was sought for erection of a side extension and construction of a new access and footpath pursuant to outline planning permission. The Council’s Arboriculture Officer initially raised concerns with regard to the potential impact upon the protected trees and hedges.
Trees and shrubs on and adjacent to the site were assessed and recorded. The impacts of the development proposal on trees were evaluated in accordance with the general requirements of BS5837:2012.
Some moderate and low-quality trees were identified for removal and replacement with new landscaping, and in line with current good practice, we designed a scheme of protection for the trees and other woody vegetation to be retained. Some minor pruning of the retained trees was specified.
When a layout was finalised by the design team, we produced an Arboricultural Statement (AIA) setting out our findings and how any conflicts with trees were to be resolved. This included production of a Tree Protection Plan and an Arboricultural Method Statement setting out how trees were to be protected during the construction process, in clear terms that could be followed by the construction team,. We produced a Landscape Plan identifying species, locations, and specifications of new trees.
The application proposal was approved by the local planning authority and planning permission was granted subject to the tree protection measures being implemented in accordance with our detailed Tree Protection Plan and methodology, and establishment of new trees in accordance with the approved Landscape Plan.
Cheshire Woodlands use of Quantified Tree Risk Assessment has proved invaluable. It has helped us to retain trees that were condemned by another advisor. They have used measurable data to provide us with a valid tree risk assessment.