If a tree is not protected by a TPO, can I remove it or prune it without constraints?

Trees in a conservation area that are not protected by an Order are protected by the provisions in section 211 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. These provisions require people to notify the local planning authority, using a ‘section 211 notice’, 6 weeks before carrying out certain work on such trees, unless an exception applies. The work may go ahead before the end of the 6 week period if the local planning authority gives consent. This notice period gives the authority an opportunity to consider whether to make an Order on the tree.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-preservation-orders-and-trees-in-conservation-areas

Subject to specified exemptions, a licence may be required for the felling of growing trees

Your nearest Forestry Commission or Natural Resources Wales office will advise whether you require a felling licence.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-felling-licence-when-you-need-to-apply

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