What are Tree Preservation Orders?
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) are made by the local planning authority to protect trees or groups of trees. This can be due to actors such as location, amenity value or the fact they are a rare or good specimen.
If a tree is subject to a TPO all works such as removal, topping, lopping, uprooting or any wilful damage are prohibited without the planning authority’s written consent.
On occasions, a TPO has been applied to a tree that does not fit the criteria. Therefore, an argument for the removal of the tree can be presented. Any written consent to complete works on a tree may be subject to conditions.
Alternatively, if a tree is in an obstructive location, arguments can be made for its removal. This will need to be made by an expert in the field of arboriculture or horticulture.
A TPO is a legal order, as can be seen in PV111 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Further details can also be found in the Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation)(England) Regulations 2012, Section 192 of the Planning Act 2008 and Part 6 of the Localism Act 2011 amended section 210 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
What we do.
We can conduct Tree Preservation Order applications, searches and appeals on your behalf. Our expert consultants will provide you with advice and a quote for the works. You will be required to provide us with information regarding the tree, including the location and any planned activities. We may request for our consultant to inspect the tree to get all of the details required.
Upon receipt of all of the information, our expert consultants will consider the requirement and framing for an argument. This will be done in discussion with yourselves to ensure that all requirements are included.
The TPO application, search or appeal will then be put together on your behalf and submitted to the local planning authority. Upon submission, the process can take 6 weeks or more.
Once we receive a response, we will report directly to yourselves – providing you with a copy of the written permissions along with any stipulations that have been made.