We were commissioned to develop a suitable solution in order to reduce any impact on protected and very prominent trees in this conservation area.
The site had a significant line of large mature deciduous boundary trees located to the front and parallel to the main road passing through the village. There were further groups of predominantly cypress and yew trees located on two further boundaries. There has been no previous ground disturbance within the root protection areas (RPAs) of the trees. The tree constraints plan identified develop-able space. Due to the size and scale of development, a shared access was neither desirable nor feasible, and therefore a suitable location for the access had to be devised. The only feasible access was located within the RPAs of two protected trees. This was acceptable for all involved by using a ‘no dig’ solution with no impact to the trees and would be constructed in order to allow plant machinery to also use during the course of development.
The new dwelling was located on the edge of the RPA associated with the largest beech tree on site with methodology for ground protection and physical tree protection being detailed within the impact assessment and on the draft tree protection plan. With good design and consultation all use-able rooms and main bedrooms have large window spaces away from the trees, reducing any future pressure to undertake tree works.
With the detailed impact assessment, clear identification of trees to be removed and retained, robust mitigation planting and draft tree protection plan, planning permission was secured
We have now been commissioned to discharge planning conditions relation to the preparation of a working method statement, pre-commencement meeting with the appointed builders and tree officer and ongoing arboricultural support throughout the build stages.
In order to avoid any foreseeable damage occurring to the trees on site all working methods, sectional drawings and contact details will be placed on a single laminated tree protection plan which will be retained in the site office throughout the course of development, with sign off of all individual stages where trees are impacted upon.