I have been advised that the Council has received an objection from the site owner in regard to the provisional Tree Preservation Order that the Council put on all the trees when they found out they were being felled. The primary reason for the objection is that the trees restrict the developable area of the site.
A tree report has been submitted with the objection. The report, written by a reputable arboricultural consultant was commissioned in 2012 and was updated in 2013 after the felling on site was stopped. The report notes that 16 trees were felled.
The report states that the majority of the trees are mostly of category b and C quality. Where there are lesser quality trees(category U) that should be removed and replaced due to their condition regardless of development proposals, the report notes that such work is not urgent.
I will be objecting to the owner of the site applying for a licence to fell the trees. You may wish to object yourself.
I am planning to lodge my objection to the felling licence proposal on the grounds that:
1. The proposed removal of trees is purely development related
2. That trees were felled following the pre application meeting where the importance of tree retention in any future scheme was clarified.
3. That the tree issues can be considered in a sensible way( as had been the case at the pre app stage) through the formal planning process.
4. The planning department has not seen a layout of a scheme or agreed to it, therefore removal of trees at this stage would be premature. There is a layout that was submitted with the felling licence application. The Council’s planners have not seen this.
The above would objection can also from the basis of a response to the TPO objection.
You should send your objections to:
Yorkshire & North East
Room G34, Foss House
Kings Pool, 1-2 Peasholme Green
York. YO1 7PX
Tel: +44 (0) 1904 448778