Arboricultural Consultants in Warwickshire – Warwick, Solihull, Stratford and Alcester
If you want to develop a site in Warwickshire, then you might need a tree survey to get planning permission.
There are lots of reasons for this. But the one you’re likely to be most concerned with is that the local authorities take their duty to protect the trees within their catchment seriously.
Warwickshire County Council, like other councils in England, are taking significant action to combat climate change including allocating £20 million across four funds to facilitate initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. Trees are powerful tools in this regard as they absorb large amounts of carbon from the air and ground. Therefore, the county’s trees and woodland will no doubt form an integral part of the various strategies and initiatives that will come to fruition in the coming years.
Other bodies and groups are planting trees too. For instance, Forestry England are hoping to plant a new 30,000 acre broadleaf woodland that will cover parts of the county. Add the 1.9 million trees (so far) here to more modest schemes like Warwick District Councils goal to plant one tree for every resident (about 160,000) and it’s clear to see this tree planting explosion shows no signs of slowing.
Naturally, more trees means you’re more likely to encounter one or more of them on your site. But these tree planting drives speak to a deeper purpose and direction that will have a profound effect on how your planning application is considered.
In simple terms, the local authority want to see more, higher quality trees because of the raft of benefits they bring to the climate, wildlife, and landscape. So, if your scheme doesn’t help towards these aims, the chances of you securing planning permission are slim.
How a tree survey supports your planning application
Tree surveys are relatively straightforward but they’re far from tick box exercises.
Essentially, insofar as your planning application is concerned, your tree survey is there to give your planning Case Officer the evidence they need to defend their decision to give your development planning.
Planning applications can be contentious at the best of times. But when trees are involved, particularly those that in some way significant to the local community, things can get a lot more complicated. Even critical Central Government-led infrastructure schemes aren’t exempt from weighty opposition. Residents were dismayed to see a 250-year old pear tree in Cubbington felled, despite a petition garnering around 20,000 signatures, to make way for HS2.
Projects like HS2 have the political, legal, and financial capital to continue in the face of fierce opposition. Capital that smaller developers simply don’t have. So, if you don’t do enough to show how your scheme gives due consideration to affected trees a lengthy and expensive appeals process could follow.
The policies local authorities put in place to protect the trees can give the impression that development in Warwickshire isn’t viewed favourably. Fortunately, this isn’t the case.
£5.5 million worth of transport infrastructure is being put in place to support a £200 million business park scheme in the Stratford district. And, a 300 new homes will soon arrive on a site in Alcester. Even greenbelt land is open to the aspirations of developers – proposals to transform historic farm buildings into a small housing development in the countryside near Solihull are being considered.
That said, a generally positive stance towards development isn’t a cast-iron guarantee that planning permission will be granted. As was the case in 2020 when one developer was refused permission to build two detached homes in a garden near Kenilworth – in part because 16 would need felling.
This is why getting early advice and a survey from a specialist tree consultant is essential.
But, do I really need a tree survey?
If the local authority have asked you for one, yes.
If you’re not sure, you’re going to need to speak to the local authority as they’re the only body that’s competent to give you the firm “yes” or “no” advice you need.
Ultimately, when a tree survey is required there’s little point in submitting a planning application without one because it will simply be dismissed.
Some see tree surveys as a costly inconvenience. Nevertheless, going ahead with your development when you need one isn’t sensible and can lead to serious criminal consequences. One developer found this out to their detriment when they cut down eight protected trees near Rugby. They were fined £10,000 and had to replace all eight trees.
At the end of the day, you want planning permission. When there are trees on or near your site, the easiest way to get it is to play by the rules and commission a tree survey.
Choose Arbtech, and you don’t even need to worry about being refused planning.
Because we guarantee that our tree report and advice will get you through planning.
And on the off chance that it doesn’t?
We’ll give you your money back.
It’s as simple as that.
How do we know you’ll get planning?
Even though every tree problem and development is different, we’ve been solving planning related tree issues for 16 years.
Our advice has been instrumental in securing planning permission for around 15,000 projects across the UK – hundreds of them in Warwickshire alone.
We don’t do TPO appeals, nor do we get involved in subsidence claims. If it’s not about planning, we don’t get involved.
This means every one of our 30+ strong team of is 100% focused on getting planning consent for your development.
The team (they’re all employed by us – no subcontractors here) are all set up to work from home and are based all over the country. This means the arboricultural surveyor who arrives at your site will have lived and worked in Warwickshire for years. As a result, they’ll know the intricacies of the local tree and planning policies, be aware of the interest groups who routinely object to planning applications, and have a firm grasp of Warwickshire’s unique arboricultural landscape.
Deploying local experts brings more than specialist knowledge to your project – it brings speed too.
On the overwhelming majority of occasions, you’ll only be waiting three or four days at most for your completed survey and report.
If that’s not fast enough because you’re really up against it, talk to us about investing in a next working day report or weekend survey.
Warwickshire Tree Surveys – get planning permission or your money back
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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