BS5837 tree surveys in Coventry – everything you need to know
If you’re developing a site in Coventry you might need a tree survey to get planning permission.
Coventry City Council could ask you for a tree survey for any number of reasons. But for simplicity’s sake, it’ll be because there are one or more trees on or near your site.
The chances of you needing a tree survey to get planning consent have never been higher, and they’re probably going to rise further. The reason for this is plain – the number of trees in Coventry is on the up due to planting initiatives lead by the local authority and community groups. In 2019, many local authorities pledged to plant one tree for every citizen in their catchment and Coventry was no exception. Consequently, the local authority is aiming to plant up to 360,000 trees across the city.
These moves form part of a wider strategy to protect the environment and reduce the city’s carbon footprint. Indeed, Coventry City Council’s Green Space Strategy that runs to 2024 makes it clear that trees are integral to this aim, and they are employing a broad suite of tactics to protect the city’s rich tree stock.
Therefore, this will have implications for your development and how your planning application is handled by the council – if you need to disturb trees.
Coventry’s Green Development Aspirations
Before we look at what a tree survey is, it’s vital to consider the context behind why you need one in the first place.
With that in mind, let’s look again at the Green Space Strategy. This document gives a rough outline that indicates how Planners will consider development proposals that have a material impact on the environment. This strategy (and others like it) isn’t about stopping development altogether. Rather, it’s about ensuring the development that does take place enhances, instead of detracts from green spaces. Insofar as trees are concerned, it implies that development proposals will be considered positively, with a few conditions. Including, but not limited to: unacceptable loss or damage to existing trees or woodland, and replacing trees lost due to works.
There are firm signs of a generally welcoming stance towards development in and around Coventry. Schemes of note include The Oaks, Coventry, a large student accommodation build. Cutting-edge developments are under consideration, too. For example, a Gigafactory (producing lithium-ion batteries for electric cars) may soon land on Coventry airport, bringing thousands of jobs with it and cementing Coventry as a world leader in battery technology.
That said, some local interest groups have shown opposition to construction and development, particularly when trees are adversely affected or lost. A couple of years ago, one group held a public funeral for trees lost when Coventry City Council felled them as part of city centre improvement work, despite pledging to replace each lost tree with two new specimens.
Ultimately, your planning Case Officer has to defend their decision to grant planning permission. If they don’t have enough evidence that shows your scheme gives due consideration to local trees, they’ll have no choice but to refuse your application.
And the only way to give them the evidence they need is a tree survey.
BS5837 Tree Assessments and Planning Consents
Fortunately, tree reports are relatively straightforward.
In short, a specialist tree surveyor will visit your site and categorise all the trees on it or near enough to be disrupted by your development.
They’ll then produce an AutoCAD map (also sent as a PDF) for your design team to overlay over your existing plans. Finally, they’ll create a report that tells you exactly what you need to do to get planning. It’ll also demonstrate how your scheme will protect and preserve higher quality trees and provide justification for the loss of lower quality trees via an exercise called an arboricultural impact assessment.
If your site contains one or more of the 2,000 trees covered by the roughly 460 active Tree Preservation Orders in Coventry, or if your scheme is in a conservation area, things get a little more complicated. However, TPOs and conservation areas are far from insurmountable hurdles, and our expert arboricultural surveyors will provide a solution that gets you planning permission.
And if you don’t get planning?
We’ll give you your money back. No questions asked.
But you will get planning.
How do we know?
Because as of 2021, our tree advice has been instrumental in securing planning permission for thousands of clients. Hundreds of them in and around Coventry alone.
Our 30+ strong team of specialist tree surveyors undertake over 3,000 projects per year, every year. All of them will go above and beyond to get the job done and get you through planning.
We don’t do subsidence work, TPO appeals, or anything else to do with trees that doesn’t involve securing planning permission. Everything we do is built from the ground up to give you the tree report and advice you need first time, fast.
Speaking of speed, you won’t be waiting long for your report; two to four days for your completed survey and report at most on the overwhelming majority of occasions. If that’s not fast enough, talk to us about investing in a next working day report or weekend survey.
One of the reasons we can work so quickly is because we employ local experts (not subcontractors). Meaning, the tree consultant who arrives at your site will come equipped with knowledge of the ins and outs of Coventry’s planning policies, local interest groups who object to planning applications, and the unique arboricultural features of the area.
Tree surveys in Coventry you can trust – fast!
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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