Our arboricultural specialists have a wide ranging experience in all tree related areas, including, trees and development, tree hazard and condition surveys and assessment, tree related damage and woodland management. We work closely with Architects, Engineers and Developers, giving pre-application advice for planning proposals, as well as producing Arboricultural Impact Assessments (BS5837:2012) for planning submissions and Arboricultural Method Statements for works close to trees to assist in the discharge of planning conditions. This can include tree monitoring, tree protection on active sites, as well as works supervision to act as an audit trail for Local Planning Authorities.
An Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) is required by Local Planning Authorities (LPA), to support any planning application which has the potential to affect existing trees within or adjacent to a proposed development site. The report is compiled in accordance with BS 5837: 2012 ‘Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations’ and provides survey information on the trees including their amenity value, any hazards they may pose to the site, information on the impact of the proposed development from an arboricultural perspective. The report is then supported by a Tree Survey Plan supplying; the location, canopy size, amenity value and root protection area associated with each tree; and a Tree Protection Plan overlaying the tree locations with the proposed development, trees for removal and where protection/specialist construction is required to retain trees.
Arboricultural Impact Assessments are not only required within large development sites. Local Planning Authorities will often require an AIA to be carried out on small private sites including domestic extensions, conservatories, driveways and any other projects which will require excavations in the proximity of existing trees. This is especially the case when the project falls within a conservation area, or there are trees subject to a TPO (Tree Preservation Order) in the location. By contacting us for advice prior to submitting your planning application, we can save you unnecessary delays, penalties and amendments by incorporating sound arboricultural advice from the outset.