Building and Planning Applications
trees exist on a proposed development site, some of them may be cut
down to enable the construction of buildings while others will be allowed
to remain. Any tree surveys taking place on a proposed development site
have to be carried out in concurrence with the British Standard surveys
(BS 5837:2012) - 'Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction
Recommendations'. This considers factors such as the species and size
of the trees in order to recognise those trees that should remain and
those which should be removed. A tree constraints plan, which comes
with the survey, specifies any restrictions on the development as a
result of the tree survey. These restrictions will incorporate points
such as rooting areas, potential crown size and concerns about shade.
Several councils are now asking that an arboricultural impact assessment
is a part of any planning application. After the arboricultural impact
assessment, a method statement and tree protection plan offers measures
to safeguard remaining trees while construction takes place.