A Methodology for Tree Protection in Bassetlaw
This document is intended to
provide a detailed and robust framework for decision-making when
there are judgements to be made about the making, variation or
revocation of Tree Preservation Orders (TPO). Where the text refers
to the making of TPOs the same considerations will equally apply to
the variation and revocation of Orders.
This document sets out the factors that will
be considered in making a fully rounded assessment of the amenity
value of trees. Each factor is discussed in turn, starting with the
physical properties of the tree and then taking account of wider
issues such as the tree’s setting and interactions with human
activity. Under each heading, policies are proposed that state the
circumstances in which TPOs normally will or will not be made. It
is intended that each tree assessment will be guided by these
Tree Guidance for Applicants and Developers in Bassetlaw
Trees can occupy a substantial part of a
development site whether residential or commercial. Well sited and
in scale with their surroundings, trees will greatly enhance any
development by providing an appearance of maturity, which is
welcomed and often appreciated. If existing trees are poorly sited,
however, they may be resented and no amount of legal protection
will ensure their retention.
To avoid such problems, it is of the utmost
importance that early and adequate identification of important
trees on development sites is carried out.
This guidance aims to provide guidance on
which trees are suitable for retention, the means of protecting
them, how the development should be integrated and how the existing
trees can be supplemented by new planting.
A Guide to Protected Hedgerows and High Hedgerows in
Hedgerows occur in both urban and rural areas
and can significantly contribute towards our natural and built
environments. Hedgerows provide an important characteristic for
much of lowland Britain. The loss of these hedgerows, as a result
of changing agricultural practices and development has been a
matter of concern for many years.
Hedgerows create attractive landscapes, and
often mark ancient boundaries between parishes. They also provide
safe habitats and corridors for a wide variety of wildlife. Their
loss on a large scale impoverishes the countryside.
The 1997 Hedgerows Regulations give the
Council limited powers to protect certain rural hedgerows it
considers to be of environmental importance.
‘Removal’ of a hedgerow includes not only
grubbing-up but also other acts that result in the destruction of a
hedgerow. Normal management of a hedgerow does not require prior
permission from the Council.
Last Updated - 26/08/2011