Wigan tree surveys and assessments
A traditionally industrial town, Wigan is formed from a combination of open rural areas and suburban communities. Although previously one of the cheapest locations in the UK in terms of property prices, a significant increase in the cost of properties in the town over recent times has indicated an emerging widespread interest in developing Wigan.
At the start of 2021, the Manchester Evening News claimed that Wigan had quickly become a property hotspot, with the average property price rising by just short of £20,000 compared to the year before. Rather than affecting neighbouring areas, the sudden change has only noticeably impacted Wigan, leading the town to hold a more expensive average house price than Bolton and Oldham.
The growth in popularity for building in Wigan has the potential to create fierce competition between land developers. It has also meant that Wigan Council has made moves to implement laws that protect the natural environment and ensure that any projects result in an increased state of biodiversity. Although both of these factors could act as hindrances to anyone looking to build in Wigan, it is possible to avoid delays and acquire the necessary insight by booking a tree survey.
Obstacles for development projects in Wigan
To prevent the increase in developments from causing detrimental damage to the environment, Wigan Council created effective policies. Under these rules, building on plots of land that house listed buildings, protected trees and hedges, and structures that hold architectural or historical significance require prior permission from the council. Another consideration would be whether certain trees are covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
Wigan also has a number of conservation areas, and with so many, it can be difficult to build in the area without having to inform the council beforehand. For clarity on this, conservation areas in Wigan include:
- Bridgewater Canal
- Green Hill
- Howe Bridge
- Market Place
- Wigan Pier
The BS5837 tree survey process
In Wigan Council’s conservation and protection policies, trees feature as one of the priority areas due to the multiple ways in which they contribute positively to the environment. Consequently, it can be difficult to progress a land development project without breaching any rules that involve trees. However, a method of avoiding any potential issues is through booking a BS5837 tree survey.
In a survey, an experienced arboriculturist will assess every tree on the plot of land, develop effective next steps for each tree depending on quality, value and current condition, and work within the laws of the corresponding council. Results from the survey will then be outlined thoroughly in an extensive report that will act as a key component in your application for planning permission.
Arboricultural consultants in Wigan
If you have trees on the plot of land you are developing, you will need to plan a BS5837 survey. Our arboricultural consultants are situated across the UK – including Wigan and the neighbouring areas – making it possible to book one of our experts. All you need to do is contact us, give us details about your plot of land and development, and we will give you a free quote and plan a suitable time to visit your site.