Tree surveys (BS5837) 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. Fortunately, Thomson’s tree management consultants have the experience and knowledge required to ensure you maintain compliance and successfully deliver your project.

  • How we can help:BS5837 tree surveys
  • Tree reports for planning
  • Arboricultural impact assessments
  • Arboricultural method statements
  • Further arboriculture services

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.

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Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA)

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.

About our tree survey services

If trees are involved when it comes to your project plan, Thomson’s in-house tree management consultants have over 60 years’ combined experience working closely with landowners to manage trees sympathetically. Our tree specialists will guide you through the tree survey process to ultimately get you the necessary permissions you require.

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 Arboricultural Method Statement (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.

Arrange a tree survey with us

For more information or to arrange a BS5837 tree survey for your planning and development project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch  to discuss your requirements.

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