Trees can be protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and there are many outstanding protected specimens that we can all enjoy. But there can be a downside to TPOs - both to the local authority and the tree owner.
It is inevitable that some trees will cause a nuisance to those living closest to them. If the tree is protected, it might be difficult to get consent to remove or alleviate the nuisance in the way you would like. For the authority, the administration of TPOs and keeping them up to date can place a significant demand on resources.
With a wealth of local authority experience, Hearne Arboriculture can help to find the right solutions for you, whether you are home owner or land manager with problem trees, or local authority with a backlog of work.
Trees can undoubtedly provide a valuable visual amenity. They may have intrinsic beauty, soften a harsh urban environment or screen eyesores. But they can also cause significant nuisance such as from excessive shading.
In deciding whether to protect a tree, or to consent to works on it, local authorities must strike a balance between the level of public amenity provided by the tree and the degree of any nuisance it may cause. Protected trees should not be an unreasonable burden to their owners.
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Local Authority Outsourcing
Administration of TPOs and keeping them up to date in accordance with government guidelines can be very demanding on resources.
Prioritisation of workloads means that many authorities have a backlog of TPOs that are in need of review so that they can be revoked, varied or re-made. With experience gained from reviewing hundreds of TPOs, Hearne Arboriculture can help keep your TPOs fit for purpose.
Two key elements are essential to reviewing TPOs:
Tree work applications numbers can fluctuate seasonally or following storms. Temporary staff shortages can also make it difficult to determine all applications within statutory time frames. Extensive experience in the assessment of applications enables Hearne Arboriculture to provide thorough assessments and make appropriate recommendations to help deal with your backlogs.