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Request a new Tree Preservation Order

You can use our online form to request a new TPO.

Introduction

Tree preservation orders are documents that give legal protection to specified individual trees, groups of trees or woodlands of public amenity value. With groups or woodlands, it is the collective amenity value of the trees that is important rather than the individual merits of each tree. Sections 197 and 198 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 gives Local Planning Authorities the discretion to serve tree preservation orders.

When is a tree worthy of protection?

Current Government advice is that tree preservation orders should be used with discretion to ensure that appropriate trees are protected in the interests of amenity and that the council can fully justify its reasons for serving an order. In other words, tree preservation orders should not be used to protected every tree in every situation. Primarily it may be appropriate to serve a tree preservation order where:

  • The trees are of public amenity value. Primarily, this will be interpreted as meaning that they are clearly visible from a public place and add value to the street scene or local landscape. However, evidence of strong cultural, historical, wildlife or rarity value can also be considered.
  • The loss of the trees or damage to them would have a significant impact on the local environment and its enjoyment by the public and there is a significant risk of this happening if a tree preservation order is not made.
  • The trees are in reasonable health and condition, have a reasonable life expectancy and are not known to be causing damage to buildings.

It may not always be expedient to serve a tree preservation order, for example where there is no discernible risk to the tree or if it is already under good management. Trees growing in a Conservation Area automatically become protected once they measure more than 75mm diameter, measured over the bark at a point 1.5 metres from the ground. Following receipt of a Notice of Intent to remove or to carry out work to a qualifying tree growing in a Conservation Area the council will normally only serve a tree preservation order where the above criteria are met and particularly where the proposed work would have a significantly adverse impact on the character of the Conservation Area. If there are trees that you think should be formally protected please provide the information below. All requests are considered on their own merits in conjunction with current Government advice and adopted council policies. A simple sketch plan and any supporting images would be helpful to identify the tree(s) in question.

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