Development sites and tree legislation
The development was home to several silver birch trees and all were protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
TPOs are issued by local planning authorities. They are designed to safeguard trees that are considered important on public enjoyment, environmental or aesthetic grounds. Consequently, it is illegal to do any of the following to the trees without gaining permission from the relevant authority:
- causing damage
In addition to this, trees on development sites are subject to BS5837:2012 legislation. These regulations apply to all trees that are affected by construction or demolition.