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Trees vs your planning application

Posted on 01 December 2017

When you are preparing development proposals, there may be trees in the area which require a survey before you can proceed, but Groundwork can help you incorporate them into your design.

Julia Watts, Groundwork’s Senior Landscape Architect and resident arboricultural expert, can help you decide whether to remove or retain the tree and how you can build it into your design.

To begin, preliminary tree surveys to BS5837:2012 are completed to assess each individual tree or groups of trees of their condition and worthiness for retention.

The arboriculture implication assessment then identifies, evaluates and mitigates any direct and indirect impact on existing trees arising from your development proposals.

Finally, the arboriculture method statement tells you how to mitigate the implications of the development that has the potential to result in loss or damage to a tree.

If the survey identifies the tree should be kept, Julia can support you to integrate it into your design plans and can work alongside your contractors on site during construction.

Recently, Ramsay Healthcare enlisted our support in their recent expansion plans, as there were a number of trees that needed to be assessed. The survey concluded the trees should be kept, largely due to root protection areas, and the plans were re-drawn to encompass the trees on the site.

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> Get in touch with Julia if you have a tree that needs surveying on 01707 260129.

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