Trees and planning applications
We take trees into consideration for all planning applications.
If you’re making a planning application, you must explain how you have taken existing tress into consideration and how any new trees will be incorporated.
The Arboricultural Association and the Institute of Chartered Foresters have list of companies who can help you gather the information you need to support your planning application.
We also offer a pre-application advice service if you are unsure whether you will need to provide detailed tree reports for your proposed development. Unfortunately this service is temporarily suspended due to staffing levels.
We use a number of plans, policies and guidelines to assess how a development will affect trees, including the following.
National Planning Policy Framework 2018
- Chapter 15 – Conserving and enhancing the natural environment
Vale of White Horse District Council Local Plan 2031 – Part 1
- Core Policy 44 – Landscape
- Core Policy 45 – Green Infrastructure
- Core Policy 46 – Conservation and Improvement of Biodiversity
- Core Policy 37 – Design and Local Distinctiveness
- Core Policy 39 – Historic Environment
Vale of White Horse District Council Local Plan 2031 Part 2
- Development Policy 33 – Open Space
- Development Policy 37 – Conservation Area
Other useful guidance information can be found in the following links:
- Vale of White Horse Design Guide
- BS 5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction. Recommendations
- BS 8545:2014 Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape – recommendations
- BS 3998:2010 Tree work. Recommendations
- The Trees and Design Action Group
- The Landscape Institute
Contact us - Trees, countryside sites, ecology and landscape
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