Trees in Conservation Area
All trees in Conservation Areas are protected from unnecessary felling or lopping by the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 and you must give six weeks notice in writing to the Council's Development Control Department.
This applies to all trees more that 7.5 cm in diameter, measured at 1.5 metres above ground level. If you intend to carry out works to a protected tree/trees please use guidance and application form below:
What will be assessed during the six week period
During this six week period we will consider whether the works are acceptable for the size and specimen of tree and whether a TPO should be made. The Council cannot refuse your notification. It can only either raise no objection or make a TPO to prevent you carrying out the works if they are deemed unacceptable. If you do not receive a response following the expiration of the 6-week notification period, you can carry out the works that you notified the Council of. You are, however advised to check the Council's website to see if a decision has been made before works are carried out.
Emergency Works to Trees in Conservation Areas
If a tree is protected but is dead or dangerous then the normal notification process is waived although you must give the Council five days notice of your intentions to carry out work. You can carry out work without prior notice if the danger is immediate, for example if a branch or the tree itself is in imminent danger of falling and will cause damage or injury if it does. If you intend to do this, you are strongly advised to collect evidence in the form of photographs, a tree surgeon's report and/or an independent witness statement. The Council may require you to prove that the tree was dead or dangerous at a later date.
Unlawful Works to Trees in Conservation Areas
For cutting down or destroying a tree, a fine of up to £20,000 can be imposed - and the landowner is also required to replace the tree that was removed. For less serious offences the penalty is a fine of up to £2,500.