Tree Preservation Orders
Local Councils have a legal duty to protect trees. The councils make tree preservation orders to do the following.
Why Protect Trees
Cutting down woodland, trees and groups of trees can destroy the setting of
buildings, parts of a town, and areas where wildlife live.
What do tree preservation orders do?
Tree preservation orders do the following.
How do we decide when a tree preservation order is needed?
We may find out that a tree preservation order is needed in a number of ways.
We then assess any possible threat and the importance of the trees before we decide whether a tree preservation order is needed.
What are the procedures?
First we make a tree preservation order which takes effect immediately. This
means we can protect trees which may be under threat.
What if I object?
If you disagree with the tree preservation order, you must object in writing
within 28 days of being notified. You can also ask for a hearing before the
Planning Appeals Commission.
the tree preservation order.
Can protected trees ever be cut down?
There are times when trees that are protected by a tree preservation order may be cut down. If the trees are dead, dying or dangerous, or if the trees need to be managed to remove a nuisance, or threat to life or property, you can ask for our written permission to cut them down or prune them
What happens if I cut down a protected tree without permission?
Work which is not exempt and which is carried out without the formal consent of the Council is illegal. The Council may prosecute offenders and fines of up to £20,000 for each tree may be imposed by the Magistrates Court in the event of them being convicted of an offence. If proceedings are instituted in the Crown Court fines are unlimited. There is a duty to replace any tree removed without permission.
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