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 trees into consideration and how any new trees will be incorporated.
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.
- Chapter 15 – Conserving and enhancing the natural environment
South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2035
- ENV1- Landscape and Countryside
- ENV2-Biodiversity- Designated Sites, Priority Habitats and Species
- ENV3- Biodiversity
- ENV5- Green Infrastructure in New Developments
- ENV8- Conservation Areas
- ENV10- Historic Battlefields, Registered Parks and Gardens and Historic Landscapes
Other useful guidance information can be found in the following links:
- South Oxfordshire Design Guide and supporting technical document Trees and Landscaping
- 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