Tree Surveys in Blackpool – Securing Planning Permission

Prior to gaining planning permission on land that houses trees, a tree survey conducted by a trained arboriculturist is needed. Our team offer this service in Blackpool and the surrounding areas to guarantee your land development project goes ahead.

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Tree assessments for Blackpool constructions

Recognised for the popular seaside attraction, Blackpool is a large town that forms the majority of the Blackpool urban area – a cluster of towns that includes Cleveleys, Little Singleton, Lytham St Annes, Poulton-le-Fylde, Staining and Thornton. However, despite an emphasis on non-rural areas, Blackpool has many notable countryside locations including Stanley Park and the Blackpool Model Village and Gardens.

With urban areas replacing a large percentage of the countryside in Blackpool, competition for land developers is high. Currently, the town is preparing for a £300 million project that will revitalise the centre, and both private and public developments are taking place across Blackpool. But for anyone looking to achieve approval of their planning permission application in a woodland area, it is unlikely to be considered without a tree survey.

Blackpool Council Tree Strategy

Alongside the conservation policies that are typical of most towns and cities in the UK, Blackpool Council also released a document that details an extensive plan for retaining and increasing biodiversity in the area. In Tree Strategy 2020-2030, the primary aims are to acknowledge the value of trees, prioritise trees as much as infrastructure formed from other materials, understand the economic benefit of trees, protect large or old trees, and manage the population of trees effectively.

Tree surveys and reports

Although Blackpool Council’s thorough Tree Strategy 2020-2030 doesn’t necessarily bode well for land developers that are looking to carry out a project in a woodland area, potential problems can be brought to light and eliminated through a BS5837 tree survey.

During a tree survey, an expert arboriculturist will determine the nature of all trees on the plot of land and develop appropriate next steps. At this point, trees may be kept due to holding value in the area or carrying a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), or if it makes more sense to remove them, the arboriculturist will suggest ways of compensating for any natural assets that had to be destroyed or moved elsewhere. A report detailing the results and recommendations from the survey will be created and given to Blackpool Council as part of the application for planning permission.

Arboriculturists in Blackpool

Not only will a tree survey and report play an important role in securing planning permission, but the BS5837 assessment is specifically mentioned in the Tree Strategy 2020-2030 as a requirement for future developments in the Blackpool area. As such, booking a tree survey couldn’t be any more crucial in the process of getting your project over the line. However, it is equally as vital that you choose a company that is capable of performing a professional standard assessment and cover every consideration that the local planning authority will require to accept your application.

At Arbtech, we pride ourselves on holding a solid track record for conducting tree surveys to the required standard and gaining planning permission for our clients. We also have arboriculturists situated across the country, so if you’re building in Blackpool, we are on hand to survey your plot. For a free quote, get in touch today and we will arrange a suitable time to carry out the assessment.

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