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Trees, Planning and Development

Tree Risk Management

About Us

Consultant in the impact of trees on buildings and people - Sheffield based, operating nationwide.

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We advise on trees in relation to developments that range from individual property extensions to large scale housing projects. All projects receive our fullest attention, no matter what the size.

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We understand the planning system, and offer the full range of consultancy services that may be needed to satisfy the tree-related requirements of your local planning authority. At an earlier stage, we can also offer pre-planning advice on the possibilities for your site.
Where planning permission is required for development in proximity to trees – including nearby trees on neighbouring land – local authorities will usually request reports submitted in accordance with BS5837: 2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction: recommendations.

As arboriculturists well practised in BS5837 work; our reports contain clear, concise and site-specific information and recommendations, supported by CAD drawings that provide quick and easy understanding of the existing situation and the impact of proposals. We often find that the clarity of our reports is appreciated by others in the process: planners, architects and tree officers alike.

Investing regularly in professional development training ensures that we stay abreast of current policy, guidance and research in the field of planning and trees. As such, we are able to prevent robust arguments in support of our report recommendations. Click here for a list of our recent training courses.

We have a positive and pro-active approach to trees and development, preferring to find solutions rather than obstacles, and recognising that trees are one of many competing factors to be weighed up in the planning process.

The most commonly requested elements of BS5837 reports are listed below. We can advise on which elements are likely to be required for your particular project and planning authority.

  • Basic Tree Survey – ideally but not essentially prior to drawing up proposals, this provides information on all trees on site, their worthiness or not for retention, and the constraints they may present to development if they are retained. It includes a CAD drawn Tree Constraints Plan that is easily layered into architects’ and planners’ drawings to ensure that your site’s maximum realistic potential is readily understood and realised.
  • Arboricultural Impact Assessment – this describes the effect of the development proposals on the trees on and around the site. It includes a CAD drawing that shows trees for retention or removal. Accompanying this impact assessment there are often two further elements – the Arboricultural Method Statement and the Tree Protection Plan.
  • Arboricultural Method Statement – describes any specific actions or design features required to enable implementation of the development proposals while retaining identified trees. It may often include specific design requirements for foundations or hard surfacing, as well as precise specifications for any required tree surgery.
  • Tree Protection Plan – identifies how retained trees will be protected during the construction process. This particularly applies to their rooting areas, which if damaged can often result in tree death in subsequent years. Tree root protection is usually achieved by fencing off the relevant areas; on sites where working space is tight it may be necessary to use ground protection boards such that rooting areas can be accessed without causing root damage.
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We provide tree surveys and arboricultural reports for BS5837 planning applications, with aboricultural impact assessments including arboricultural method statement and tree protection plans. Based in Sheffield and Peak District, most of our work is in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire. However, distance is not a barrier, and we will happily provide a quotation for work anywhere in the UK