Rural Sections of Sunderland
A primarily urban area, Sunderland is best known as an industrial city, with opportunities for trading coal and salt through being situated next to the River Wear. Once regarded as the largest shipbuilding town in the world, Sunderland then underwent significant developmental changes. It now prioritises the production of cars, making it the most effective source of revenue.
Despite only a minority of Sunderland being rural, there are notable country areas present such as Barnes Park, Herrington Country Park, Mowbray Park, Roker Park Conservation Area and Thompson Park. Additionally, Sunderland is surrounded by what is known as the Tyne and Wear Green Belt – a section of land maintained in its existing condition to prevent the city from replacing all natural assets with urban developments.
Local Policies Regarding Trees
From the perspective of the local council, matters regarding trees in the Sunderland area are split into two separate categories: the environment and planning. In the environment section, Sunderland City Council outline the multitude of issues that could come from trees either belonging to them or individuals. The planning section, however, is more relevant to developers, with information about Sunderland City Council’s Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and conservation areas.
Any trees under TPOs or situated in conservation areas cannot be disturbed without prior consent from the council. You can enquire directly about developing on land that houses these types of trees via the Planning Portal. For trees that are privately owned, you would need to contact the landowner directly.
An Overview of the BS5837 Assessment
The BS5837 tree survey is a universally recognised assessment that facilitates the process of addressing suitable next steps for trees on the site. An arboricultural consultant will analyse each tree to determine the best course of action between the options of retaining, relocating or destroying them.
As well as being a helpful insight that could inform the development project, the report assembled from the survey will also be submitted as part of the application for planning permission. With solutions to every potential issue, it will significantly increase the likelihood of the local planning authority accepting the application, making it an invaluable component.
Planning a Tree Survey in Sunderland
If there are trees on your site and you require a tree survey, the process of booking an assessment is simple. Our team of arborists possess all of the necessary experience and qualifications to carry out a survey to the highest possible standard, and they are located across the country – including Sunderland and the nearby areas – to cater to your needs.
For a free quote, fill out the form on this page and we will give you an accurate price based on your project and the size of your site. We can then arrange a suitable time to visit your site and help you to progress your project.