Arbtech are Tree Surveyors in Worcestershire – Worcester, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Malvern
If you’re developing a site or demolishing a building in Worcestershire, you may need a tree survey to support your planning application.
The local authority might ask you for a tree report for any number of reasons. But all these reasons have one thing in common; you have trees on or near your site and your scheme might adversely affect them.
In these circumstances, a tree survey isn’t optional because it gives the local planning department assurance that your scheme meets your obligations to the environment. And the local authorities across Worcestershire take trees and the natural environment very seriously.
In fact, Worcestershire County Council pledged to plant 150,000 trees and create two new woodland areas; an expansive 155-acre site in Evesham and a smaller 9-acre site in Bewdley. This scheme is just one element of an overarching environmental strategy that will enhance the county’s landscape now and in the future. The county council aren’t alone in their tree planting drive, either. Worcester City Council lead a tree planting scheme through the winter of 2020 – 2021 that delivered 6500 new trees.
How a tree survey helps you get planning permission
It’s important to know what a tree survey is, but when it comes to getting planning consent it’s arguably more important to understand why you need one.
Obviously, as more tree are planted the likelihood of you having to contend with one on your development will increase. But this isn’t just a numbers game. The growing number of climate and biodiversity initiatives will inevitably change the way planning applications for sites that contain trees are handled by local Planners.
It’s vital to note that these initiatives aren’t about throttling development (or even stopping it all together). It’s perfectly possible for homeowners and developers alike to achieve their aspirations without causing unnecessary harm to Worcestershire’s tree stock. The new schemes springing up across the county are testament to this, and indicate a generally positive stance towards development. Ongoing applications for some fairly significant developments, like a plans for 236 new homes in Redditch, imply that this forward-thinking attitude to meeting the county’s housing and infrastructure needs will continue into the future.
That said, councils, local interest groups, and residents don’t always view development favourably. For example, plans for a 500-home scheme in Bromsgrove were met with hundreds of objections. The scheme did eventually get approval no doubt in part due to the despite the town’s failure to meet its housing target – but campaigners have indicated they’re going to continue in their opposition.
Similarly, a contentious application to construct a number of homes in Rushwick that attracted criticism from the local community and was rejected by Malvern District Council (twice) is still under consideration and awaiting a final decision.
With this in mind, it’s vital that your application is accompanied by a tree survey that contains all the advice you need to get through planning. Fail to do this, and you risk your application being rejected outright or getting stuck in the mire of appeal after appeal.
Therefore, it’s in your interest to give them the information they need to grant planning permission for your development. And the only way to do that, insofar as trees are concerned, is with a tree survey.
Tree surveys for planning permission in Worcestershire – get planning or your money back
In brief, a tree surveyor will visit your site and inspect all the trees that will be affected by your development or construction works.
Then, they’ll assign each tree a category that tells the local Tree Officer and your Planning Case Officer how significant each individual tree is. Your arboricultural consultant will also use this information, alongside and arboricultural impact assessment, to propose measures that will show the council that your scheme is balanced against the needs of the environment and the communities interest in tree cover.
You then send your completed tree survey and report to the local authority and they will then give you planning permission.
And if you choose Arbtech you will get planning.
How do we know?
Because our tree reports have been instrumental in helping around 15,000 people get planning permission for their developments.
Hundreds of them in Worcester alone.
As of 2021, our 30+ strong team are completing up to 3,000 projects per year.
We don’t do TPO appeals, subsidence claims, or anything else to do with trees that’s not’s to do with planning – so all of those 3,000 projects were completed with the explicit aim of securing a planning consent.
We employ local experts (not subcontractors!) and they’re all set up to work from home, so the tree surveyor that comes to your site will have lived and worked in and around Worcestershire for years. Their comprehensive knowledge of planning particulars specific to the county means every one of them has the expertise to give you the advice you need to get through planning and maximise your development opportunities.
Best of all, you won’t be waiting long for your report. On the overwhelming majority of occasions, you’re looking at three to four days, tops for your completed survey and report.
Not fast enough?
Then talk to us about investing in a next working day report or weekend survey.
“That’s great, but what if I don’t get planning?”
Then we’ll give you your money back.
No questions. No quibbles.
Worcestershire Arboricultural Consultants you can trust
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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