BS5837 Surveys in Swindon and surrounding areas

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Trees and development

Where trees are situated within the vicinity of proposed development then the Local Planning Authority (LPA) will require a Tree Survey, Implication Assessment and Method Statement in accordance with British Standard 5837:2012 - Trees in relation to construction.

Cotswold Tree Surgeons are able to offer a comprehensive service with regard to all aspects of BS 5837 reports throughout the planning process. We have built up a close working relationship with local Arboricultural Officers enabling us to prepare reports that are clear and concise enabling a faster service with regard to planning applications where trees are involved.

Ideally an arboriculturalist should be involved throughout all of the stages of development from pre-design to site hand over to ensure that both the trees and the final design can complement each other.

There are three main stages to the process where trees are growing within or near to a development site:

Stage 1 - Prior to the specific design process all site trees of 75mm and above should be surveyed. This information is then used to create a Tree Constraints Plan (TCP)which will include such details as root protection areas, current and future canopy spread as well as any shading issues. The trees will be categorised as to their quality and value which helps to decide whether they have either a beneficial or negative effect on the proposed development. An Arboricultural Implications Assessment (AIA) is also produced and preliminary management recommendations are given to maintain the trees in a healthy and safe manner.

Stage 2 - The Tree Constraints Plan and the Arboricultural Implications Assessment can then be used by the architect to draw up the final site plans so that the trees can be incorporated into the design, or removed where necessary.

Stage 3 - Where trees will have a direct effect on the development or vice-versa, as part of the Planning Application the LPA will require an Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS) and Tree Protection Plan (TCP) which will detail site specific demolition, construction and site working processes as well as the position of construction exclusion fencing, so that the retained trees will be afforded maximum protection and will continue to offer aesthetic and environmental sustainability to the area.

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