Planning and Development

'Existing trees are an important factor on construction sites, whether on or near the working areas, and trees are a material consideration in the UK planning system'.

British Standard 5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations (BS:5837) 'provides recommendations and guidance for arboriculturists, architects, builders, engineers, and landscape architects ... and all others interested in harmony between trees and development in its broadest sense'.

BS:5837 'is intended to assist decision-making with regard to existing and proposed trees in the context of design, demolition and construction'.

  • Construction Exclusion Zone

    An area based on the Root Protection Area (RPA), identified by an arboriculturist, to be protected during development by the use of barriers and/or ground protection fit for purpose to ensure the successful long-term retention of a tree.

  • Pre-application InputPre-application advice may be either formal, which is supported by written information, or informal which is not. Initially, you may not know which to choose but our consultants are here to help and will happily switch from one to the other if required.
  • Tree Survey and Tree Quality AssessmentOur in-depth tree survey will include all trees that were included in the topographical survey (supplied by your client), as well as any that might have been missed and any additional off-site trees that could have an effect on foundation design. Trees or groups of trees will be categorised for their quality and value within the existing context.
  • Topographical SurveyAn accurately measured topographical survey showing all relevant existing site features, supplied by the client.
  • Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA)Our Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) will identify and evaluate the direct and indirect impact on existing trees of any proposed development, taking all significant factors into account. We will recommend any necessary mitigation.
  • Tree Constraints Plan (TCP)Constraints placed on any proposed development need to be identified. Our Tree Constraints Plan (TCP) will show both the above- and below-ground constraints which will need to be considered before proceeding with the development.
  • Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS)Implementing a proposed development may have the potential to result in the loss of, or damage to, trees. The Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS) is a methodology for dealing with this and will address all factors relevant to the development in an appropriate manner.
  • Tree Protection Plan (TPP)The Tree Protection Plan (TPP) is a scale drawing, accompanied by descriptive text as required, which shows the finalised design proposals. Our consultants can provide an in-depth TPP based on the requirements of the individual site.
  • Advice on New Tree and Shrub Planting SchemesNew tree planting proposals are an essential consideration in the layout, design and future use of a development site, the local landscape character, and the contextual surroundings. Careful consideration needs to be given to their ultimate height and spread, form, habit and colour, density of foliage and any maintenance implications. Our consultants can provide new planting schemes that take account of all these necessary considerations.
  • Tree ManagementOur consultants can prepare a schedule of tree management consisting of work to be executed on retained trees both pre- and post-development, and also post-development work on new plantings.
  • Site SupervisionArboricultural planning conditions can only be effectively discharged with site supervision by an arboricultural consultant. Such supervision must be confirmed in writing and circulated to all interested parties to establish an auditable system of supervision.