Tree Surveys in Cheshire

Minimise delays to your planning project by booking a tree survey for your Cheshire development site, meeting the requirements of your local planning authority in the process to benefit your planning application.

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Cheshire Woodlands

A primarily rural county in North West England, Cheshire has a history for supporting agriculture and staging suitable environments to grow chemical industries. Despite a larger percentage of rural areas over urban areas, the Cheshire county is classed as one of the least wooded counties in all of the UK and holds less than 5% of tree cover across its 2,343 km² land area.

The county of Cheshire is commonly split between the two areas of Cheshire West and Chester, and Cheshire East, with Halton and Warrington housing the remaining towns, cities and villages. The largest urban areas within Cheshire by population are Warrington, Chester, Crewe, Widnes, Runcorn, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield and Northwich.

Even with a distinct lack of woodland across the county, Cheshire boasts of several popular wooded areas. For example, Delamere Forest covers 972 hectares, making it the largest patch of woodland in the county. A side effect from an area featuring only a limited number of trees is that the local authorities may put more restrictions in place to retain existing trees under their jurisdiction.

Developers staging a planning project in Cheshire could find this to be true, causing a potential stumbling block in their plans. A tree survey, however, will contribute to meeting the strict requirements of the local council and play a key role in gaining planning permission on the development site.

Protections Over Trees

Efforts to protect trees in each section of the county are in place for Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington. Applicable to all parts of England and referenced as methods of protecting trees from the perspective of every authority in Cheshire, the two main protections over trees are known as Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and conservation areas.

Both share similar rules, including that all listed trees are owned by the local council and they must be contacted for prior consent before any works that could damage trees under these protections are carried out. The main difference between a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and a conservation area is that, while TPOs are applicable to individual trees, conservation areas cover certain zones and all trees within them.

Local Authorities in the Cheshire County

  • Cheshire East Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Halton Borough Council
  • Warrington Borough Council

BS5837 Tree Survey and Assessment

Approaching a presence of trees on your site in any capacity will be significantly easier through the assistance of an arboriculturist. With their help, you can bypass any potential obstacles caused by TPOs or conservation areas and simultaneously find the best solution to trees obstructing your development plans. Our arboricultural surveyors would often kick off the process with a BS5837 tree survey – an assessment used as an opportunity to inspect all trees on the site and develop steps forward that will allow the project to go forward, even with trees present.

On the day of a BS5837 tree survey, an arboricultural consultant will attend the site and brandish each tree with a grading based on condition and value. A mitigation hierarchy will be used to decide the fate of each tree, with retention acting as the priority outcome. In some circumstances, however, a tree may be situated within a key area of the development site or cause potential tree safety issues, and if this is the case, the arboriculturist will need to relocate it elsewhere on or off the site or – a last resort – destroy it and compensate with the planting of a new tree.

The arboricultural surveyor will then assemble a tree report featuring information about the general assessment process, findings from the survey, measures for each tree on the site, and recommendations of further surveys that may be required. Based on the information within the tree survey report, the planning officer from the local planning authority should hold everything they need to make a clear decision in regards to the application for planning consent, and as is it will feature suitable solutions to any arboricultural issues, they should have no hesitation in granting a planning condition.

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Before you are able to develop on land where trees are present, you will need to reach out to an arboricultural consultancy for a tree survey. The accompanying tree report will then provide the local planning authority with all of the information they need to accept that all requirements were satisfied and planning permission can be granted on the site. Booking a tree survey early will save complications further into the process and ensure that a desirable date has been chosen for the arboricultural consultant to attend the site and conduct the assessment.

Through speaking to our team over the phone via the number above or online using our quick quote form, we will send you a free quote based on the specifications of your project and site. By giving us as much information as possible, we can guarantee an accurate quote and speed up the process of booking in a tree survey and visiting your site for an assessment. With the help of our team of licensed, qualified, skilful and capable arboriculturists, we can help you to get through planning and move your project into the latter stages.