Conservation area trees

Information about trees in conservation areas and the laws that protect them.

In order to preserve and prevent undesirable changes to the character of a conservation area, you are required to submit a Notice of Intent to the council before carrying out any tree work, including pruning, to trees with a stem diameter greater than 75mm.

You can check if your property falls within the conservation area or if the trees are covered by a tree preservation order using the TPO and conservation area search.

You can view all recent notifications and tree works applications by searching the tree works register.

Submitting your Notice

You can now apply online or download the form for obtaining consent. Go to the tree works application section for more information.

Your notification should include a detailed description of proposed works together with location details of the property and the trees concerned.  Any additional details you can provide such as photographs, can also help to speed up your application.

The council recommends that you seek the advice of a qualified arborist to determine an appropriate specification of works for your trees prior to submitting your application. The Arboricultural Association This link will take you to an external website... has a list of approved contractors and consultants.

You can find out if a property is within the Conservation Area or is covered by any tree preservation orders by visiting the TPO and conservation area search page.  If you are unsure please contact us for confirmation.

The council has six weeks to consider your proposals. We will normally assess your proposals and reply to you before this time.

What is a conservation area?

A conservation area is defined as 'an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.' Planning Act 1990 (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas). For more information on conservation areas, go to the conservation areas section of this site.

Last reviewed: 26 - 01 - 2011

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