We believe that our proposals
are justified, targeted and appropriate to the risks that face our heritage
We believe that the proposals
take account of all the stakeholders who are concerned about our heritage of
special trees. They are not only as simple and as user friendly as possible
but at the same time they confer the potential for positive advantage. There is clearly considerable support for
further amendment of the legislation to ensure such important trees are
For Government and
· are selective and
· are more equitable in its application to tree owners
· provide time to consider values of tree against the
merits of owners proposals before initiating TPO
· provide an opportunity to influence good practice and
through advice and guidance avoid damage and loss to trees without
necessarily preventing owners plans
· enable LPAs to give priority to trees that are easily
recognisable of greatest importance .
· reduces the need for the making or reviewing of TPOs
· provide interim protection to trees to fulfil duties
under NERC Act and enable policies to be applied equally to those proposals
which require planning permission and those that do not, but which have
impacts on trees, associated biodiversity and listed species.
· reduce the need to make emergency responses to all
the many threats including pre-emptive felling prior to submission of
planning applications, this would produce considerable administrative savings
(including reducing the need for LPAs to have an out of hours emergency
service) and be a fairer and more equitable system.
· minimise administration and redirect specialist time to ensuring appropriate tree retention
and protection on development sites and promoting good practice tree care
throughout the community for the general public benefit.
· provide an opportunity subsequently to allow LPAs
discretion to retain the present tree controls in Conservation Areas or
remove or relax them in line with government policy/intentions for greater
local decision making.
For owners, the
Community and Business
· are more proportionate, impact and importance based
application of tree protection controls.
· a more fair and more equitable system - doesn't
disadvantage or alienate those who give an LPA notice of intended works, as
all will be required to do so subject to same size criteria related to
greatest value and impact
· removes potential conflict of interest between
consultant/contractors advising clients on trees