Trees can be vital to the general character of an area and can be at the heart of a particular historic or architectural interest in a site. They obviously require management over time and ultimately replacement.
Removing a tree is unlikely to require planning permission, but there is direct control over trees in conservation areas and over those subject to tree preservation orders. The fact that a development proposal will require changes to trees can be a material consideration in whether to give permission for those works.
More specifically, a local planning authority is subject to a legal duty to ensure, wherever it is appropriate, that in granting planning permission for any development adequate provision is made, by the imposition of conditions, for the preservation or planting of trees.
To find out if a tree is subject to a Tree Preservation Order, or if it is located within a Conservation Area, please contact Planning Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01536 464158.
For further information about applying for works to trees in a Conservation Area, or trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order, please use the links below on the right of this page.
The Forestry Commission
The Forestry Commission is the Government department with statutory responsibility for woodland. It is a non-statutory consultee on developments within 500 meters of an Ancient Woodland and a statutory consultee for restoration of mineral workings to woodland and on all National Strategic Infrastructure Projects. Further information on our role, and the updated Standing Advice for planning on ancient woodland and veteran trees can be found at .GOV Please note there are three parts to the Forestry Commission: Forest Enterprise (Forestry England as from April 2019) who manage the Public Forest estate, Forest Services, the statutory consultees and government advisors and Forest research; the research arm.