Tree work on a development site

Part of: Tree preservation orders (TPOs)

Trees on development sites can be protected by one or both of the following:

Consideration is given to the impact of, or potential loss of, any protected trees when assessing the planning application.

If full planning permission is granted, consent is not required to:

  • cut down or carry out work on trees
  • cut down a TPO tree to make way for a new building

Conditions attached to planning permission

If work is carried out close to a protected tree it must be done in accordance with British Standard (BS 5837:2012).

An extra condition may be attached to planning permission requiring building foundation design approval. This is to make sure the work does not affect trees on the site.