Often commonly known as ‘Weston’, Weston-super-Mare is a seaside town and popular tourist destination in Somerset, with peak time over the summer months seeing as many as 750,000 visitors. Although not strictly recognised as a countryside part of South West England, the town has a handful of appealing natural attractions including Clarence Park, Ellenborough Park, Grove Park, Steep Holm and Uphill Local Nature Reserve.
Only a minority of Weston-super-Mare is considered rural, leading North Somerset Council to protect remaining natural assets and prevent trees and greenfield land from suffering unnecessary disruption. Due to this, it can be difficult to achieve planning consent from North Somerset Council without sufficient evidence that a development could be carried out in a way that doesn’t pose serious harm to local biodiversity. However, it is possible to gain planning permission in Weston-super-Mare for planning on land with trees present by booking a BS5837 tree survey.
Tree Obligations in Weston-super-Mare
In Weston-super-Mare, certain trees are protected by North Somerset Council using tree preservation orders (TPOs) and conservation areas. In short, if a tree was under an existing TPO or situated in a conservation area, consent from the council would be needed before a development affecting these trees could be carried out.
The Tree Surveying Process
Through booking an arboricultural assessment with one of our surveyors, you will be able to gain insights, recommendations and next steps to keep your development within the boundaries of relevant legislation and pass your application for planning permission with the local planning authority.
A BS5837 tree survey primarily consists of the arboricultural surveyor assessing the site to determine the quality, condition and value of all trees present. Based on the results, they can then determine whether trees will be impacted by the project and how best to approach dealing with the trees. For example, some may be retained while others may be best removed or relocated.
After the survey, the arboriculturist will write up a thorough tree survey report for the local planning authority. It will offer details on the assessment, the site and suitable measures for the trees, boosting your application for planning permission.
Our Expert Arboriculturists
Qualified to degree-level and experienced, our arboricultural consultants are capable of conducting tree surveys to the highest possible standard. They are also situated across the UK – including in Weston-super-Mare – allowing you to receive quick, effective help with your project.
Before you make your decision, it would be advisable to speak to one of our team. At this point, they will be able to take down your details and the specifications of your site and project to provide you with an accurate quote – free of charge. If you choose to book a tree survey with us, we will ensure that a quality assessment is carried out, giving the relevant local planning authority all they need to accept your application for planning consent.