Need an arboricultural consultant in Hants?
If you need a tree survey in Hampshire, then you’re in the right place. The county is renowned for its thick forests and heritage trees. Consider the New Forest as an illustration: According to the National Forest Industry, the New Forest area contains 22,401 hectares of woodland, resulting the county as a whole having over 29% woodland cover!
Trees are also an integral part of the various environmental initiatives spearheaded by Hants’ assorted local authorities. East Hampshire DC alone for example, has committed to planting 120,000 new trees in their district.
Sustainable development is a priority, with large brownfield sites like Bushfield Camp in Winchester being included in the local plan alongside regeneration projects in Gosport, Andover and more besides.
Naturally, these projects will bring jobs and jobs bring people and money into the local economy. This means there are plenty of opportunities for new build housing, for homeowners to extend, and for brownfield sites to be given a new lease of life.
It’s a win-win situation, so long as the development work is carried out with due care for the environment.
BS5837 and planning applications
Because local planning authorities want to protect the environment (even enhance it) while developers do what they do best, any and all trees on or near your site must be assessed for quality (and therefore, retention) as part of your application being validated.
Each tree will need to be assigned a BS5837 category. In simple terms, this categorisation tells you, the Tree Officer, and the planning Case Officer how important a tree is to the proximate ecosystem and how it contributes to the amenity of the locale.
This means the Case Officer can defend their decision to grant a planning consent on the basis of you demonstrating a sound retention/removal balance.
The categories range from Cat A to Cat U.
- Cat A trees are critical to the local ecosystem, historically significant, or both (the numerous ancient Yews that dot the countryside being a prime example).
- Cat B trees are still very important indeed, though somewhat less significant historically, ecologically, or visually than Cat As. The chances of a local authority granting an application that requires the removal of Cat B trees are slim, unless the development itself is of significant societal value (think; doctor’s surgery, school, etc.) and there is an achievable plan for compensatory planting in place.
- Cat C trees tend to be low quality and removing an individual tree or even groups of them will seldom (but not always) prevent your development aspirations. That said, expect your local authority to request compensatory planting if you remove them.
- Cat U trees are dead, dying, or dangerous. Therefore, removing them is simply a matter of sound arboricultural practice in any event.
All that said, the BS5837 categorisation process isn’t the end of the matter.
The categorisation must be interpreted in the context of the relevant local plan and the tree policies of Hampshire County Council and/or the local district council.
In 2020, Hampshire County Council made a specific commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050; in part by having a big push to preserve existing trees as well as plant new ones.
In the context of the former, it’s in your interest to invest in a tree survey as early as you can in the design stage (RIBA stages of work 0-1, in architecture parlance) to reduce the likelihood of your application and development aspirations being thwarted.
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Your BS5837 tree survey and associated arboricultural planning support documents needs to do a few things if you want to achieve planning consent.
Specifically, it must contain the unambiguous advice you and your design team need to demonstrate exactly how your scheme will protect and preserve higher quality trees and comprehensively justify the loss of lower quality trees.
Get it right (and we will – or your money back) and your survey and arboricultural impact assessment will clearly show the local Tree Officer what you’re going to do to meet your obligations.
They will then make a favourable recommendation to the Case Officer in charge of your application’s determination, who will subsequently grant planning permission. However, if this assessment is lacking in sufficient detail, refusal is a highly probable outcome.
Speaking of planning permission, we have secured hundreds planning consents for clients in Hampshire alone. In fact, we’re so confident that you’ll secure planning permission with the advice in our tree survey and impact assessment; if your application is refused, we’ll give you your money back.
Who’s doing my Hampshire tree survey?
Quality matters to us, so we will never leave your survey in the hands of an independent subcontractor. Instead, your survey will always be carried out by one of own directly employed, full-time, consultants that live and work in Hampshire (many of us are home based, so this model allows us to charge competitive, fixed fees whether your site is in Hants or the Highlands). Probably Aran Nearn, or Matt Middle.
How does this benefit you?
Simply put, our arboricultural consultant will have years of local experience, supported by the resources that only a national operator can bring to the table.
They will have a broad and deep understanding of all things arboriculture, specific to their local territory i.e., Hampshire. Plus, unlike most of our competitors, we can genuinely say we’re specialists because we only take on work for people who need support with planning and development.
No subsidence claim work. No highways tree surveys. Just 100% dedication to getting our clients through planning—or your money back!
All this combines into a seamless service that delivers what you want, fast. And, if you’re really up against it, we even offer paid upgrade services for rapid and next working day reports .
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If you need a tree survey that contains all the advice you need to get planning permission (or your money back), and want it done by a local expert—choose Arbtech.
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East Hampshire District Council. N.D. Tree planting initiative. [Online]. Available at: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/ [Accessed 14 January 2021]
Hampshire County Council. N.D. Serving Hampshire – Strategic plan for 2017 – 2021. [Online]. Available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/ [Accessed 14 January 2021]
Hampshire County Council. N.D. Trees. [Online]. Available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/ [Accessed 14 January 2021]
New Forest District Council. N.D. Tree Strategy 2020-2025. [Online]. Available at: https://www.newforest.gov.uk/ [Accessed 14 January 2021]