BS5837 tree surveys and tree report for planning

Under the UK planning system, Local Planning Authorities (LPA) have a statutory duty to consider the protection and planting of trees when approving planning applications for a proposed development.

What is a BS5837 tree survey?

Best practice guidelines highlight the importance of carrying out a tree survey, in accordance with recommendations from BS5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction.

These tree surveys should be carried out by an arboricultural consultant, independently of any specific proposals. The results are used to produce a tree report for planning, to inform feasibility studies and design options, particularly where trees suitable for retention have been identified and present a material constraint.

The LPA will also usually require an Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) which identifies trees to be retained and recommends any necessary tree protection. Additionally, an Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS) will explain in detail how trees that are to be retained will be protected during the development works, with tree protection fencing for example.

I need a tree report for planning – what next?

Whether you are looking for a tree report for planning, and require a BS5837 tree survey to be undertaken, or are after an AIA or AMS, our expert team are on hand to help and advise you.

Our in-house tree management consultants can provide you with a comprehensive range of arboriculture services to help you meet environmental compliance and deliver your project.

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