Trees and Planning

Bagshaw Ecology provide tree survey and report services in accordance with BS5837: 2012 – Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction: Recommendations. Under the guidance, if a tree is on or adjacent to a development site, a tree survey and report is required to attain planning consent.

At Bagshaw Ecology we work closely with our clients through every stage of the planning process in regard to trees and arboriculture. After providing an initial tree survey and constraints plan, we work closely with developers and architects to ensure that planning permission is met, and where necessary will recommend tree protection and mitigation measures to ensure that development does not result in a net loss of tree resources.

When a completed report has been submitted to the local planning authority, we ensure that our expertise is always on hand throughout the remainder of the development process.

Our consultants have extensive experience of trees and the planning process, and are members of the Arboricultural Association. With offices in Hebden Bridge and Lancaster, we provide tree reports for planning throughout Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria, and regularly work nationwide. 

For more information regarding BS5837 Tree Reports, or for a free quotation, please contact us.

Our BS5837 tree reports include:

- plotted using AutoCAD software and detailing the dimensions and root protection areas of all trees on and adjacent to the site. We will also produce an accompanying Tree Survey Schedule, with detailed records as to the structural and physiological vitality of trees, along with recommendations relating to safety and amenity issues.

- whereby the local authority is consulted as to any existing Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) or Conservation Areas on or adjacent to the development site. We will also assess the amenity and conservation value of the wider area in relation to the proposed development.

- detailing the implications of the proposed development upon all trees on or adjacent to the site. This will assess which trees will need to be removed due to the proposed development, and the impact that this will have upon the amenity value of the site.

- with recommendations of tree works and any special protection measures and prescribed construction methods. This ensures that any trees to be retained survive the development process and thrive after works have been completed.

- when necessary, mitigation recommendations, specifying the number, size and species of any replacement planting for trees lost as a result of the development.