Situated within a green belt section of Lancashire, Blackburn is a semi-rural industrial town known for picturesque countryside landscapes. Examples of the rural attractions in Blackburn include Corporation Park and Witton Country Park, and the vast sections of countryside enable land developers to break land on new projects in a number of areas across the town.
With so much potential for building in Blackburn, certain parameters must be in place to prevent unnecessary destruction to the environment and preserve as many natural assets as possible. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has several core policies that cater to preservation and conservation, and while this could appear as a threat to land developers, projects will not be affected as long as the developer consults an arboriculturist by booking a tree survey.
Tree Preservation Orders – Blackburn with Darwen
For land developers, one of the biggest stumbling blocks in a woodland area is when a tree carries a Tree Preservation Order (TPOs). If a tree is under a TPO, it is protected by the local council and it cannot be altered, damaged, destroyed, removed or even trimmed without consent from the council.
Additionally, Blackburn with Darwen Council lists 14 designated conservation areas that require consent from the council before any changes can be made. Consisting of over 2,000 individual properties and with some locations added as early as 1970, conservation areas in Blackburn include Blackburn Cathedral, Chapeltown, Corporation Park, Darwen Street, Dukes Brow, Eanam Wharf, Edgworth, Griffin, Hoddlesden, King Street, Northgate and Richmond Terrace.
If you want help with identifying conservation areas and protected trees in Blackburn, it would be advisable to check their planning map.
Tree surveys and assessments
When a development is being carried out on land where trees are present, the best course of action would be to book a BS5837 tree survey. An arboriculturist will conduct this assessment, with it primarily judging the value and quality of each tree to determine whether they should be retained or removed. At this point, if they are destroyed or moved elsewhere, the arboriculturist will provide effective mitigation measures to compensate for the loss of natural assets in the area.
Depending on findings from the survey, further assessments may be needed such as protected species surveys. Once the BS5837 survey is completed, a report will be created detailing the arboriculturist’s results and used as a key component in the application for planning permission.
Blackburn specialist tree surveyors
There are several options in terms of arboricultural consultancies that could manage a tree survey on your plot of land. However, none are as highly rated or experienced as Arbtech. We also have arboriculturist located across the country, meaning that we are ready to visit your site in Blackburn – or any other area – at a time that suits you.
For more information, get in touch and we will assess the best course of action based on the size of your plot of land and project before booking in a BS5837 survey with one of our expert arboriculturists.