Planning & Development Tree Reports
Trees are a material consideration in the UK planning system and British Standard 5837:2012 (BS:5837) provides recommendations and guidance for arboriculturists, architects, builders, engineers and landscape architects.
Your local planning authority (LPA) will want to be reassured that your proposals will not affect any important trees. Subsequently, some of the following information may be required:
During the tree survey, all trees on and adjacent to your site (that are within influencing distance of your proposals) will be assessed. The tree survey will also categorise trees or groups of trees for their quality, life expectancy and value within the local landscape.
Tree Constraints Plan (TCP)
Using the information from the Tree Survey, the Tree Constraints Plan will show the above-ground constraints (crown size, shape and shading) and below-ground constraints (extent of roots). This will help inform the location of your proposals within the site.
Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA)
The Arboricultural Impact Assessment will identify and evaluate all direct and indirect impacts on existing trees and, where necessary, recommend mitigation.
Tree Protection Plan (TPP)
The Tree Protection Plan (TPP) shows the final proposals and outlines how the various trees will be protected. It will usually be supported by an Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS):
Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS)
The Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS) is a methodology for the implementation of any aspect of development that has the potential to result in damage to trees.
Effective tree protection relies on following a logical sequence of events and arboricultural supervision. Although most site managers are quite capable of supervising works near trees (using an AMS), your LPA may require specialist arboricultural supervision (at key points of development) by way of a planning condition. Should arboricultural supervision be required, a written site monitoring report will be prepared following each site visit.
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Responsive, pragmatic, clear, insightful and expeditious: I have been very pleased throughout with the services provided by Trevor. I hired him to carry out an Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) requested by my London Borough to support my planning application for a shed conversion and extension in my garden. His experience as a Tree Officer for another London Borough and exhaustive knowledge was very useful, enabling me to tune the design my project in way which I feel should contribute to both the success of my planning application and the longer term value of my project. I would definitely use his services again, and would certainly recommend him to friends and colleagues.
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I made an enquiry regarding a tree survey which was required for my local planning department for an extension. I was contacted immediately by Trevor Heaps, I found he was very prompt and efficient. From first contact to receiving a full and detailed report took only 3 days. Not only was I impressed with his service he was remarkably cheap too!
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Contacted Mr Heaps with my request for an Arboricultural Survey which I needed for a planning application. The response was prompt and a survey was duly carried out. I was amazed at the speed Mr Heaps delivered the final report and my architect is well pleased with the result. When I had the quotation from Mr Heaps I thought this is too good to be true especially as he had to travel down to Bournemouth from London, his fees were half of what I had been quoted from local firms. My scepticism soon disappeared after the first chat I had with Mr Heaps. Anyone needing an arboricultural report to assist with a planning application would do well to contact Mr Heaps for a professional and cost effective solution.
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We requested an arboricultural impact assessment, this was carried out to a very high standard and delivered ahead of the promised report date. Highly recommended.
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Very prompt and efficient service, Trevor gave us plenty of useful advice during our site meeting and also afterwards when applying for planning permission and completing his reports. He sent the reports back to us very quickly and has since been available when needed for more questions!
We can't recommend Trevor Heaps enough. We needed to find a surveyor to provide an arboricultural impact assessment and method statement. We looked at some of the recommended people from the Trees website and were hugely, hugely disappointed. Some were ridiculously expensive, others didn't turn up and one consultant was so pessimistic that he scared us off. One was keen for the work and then two days later indicated that he was abroad and could not do the work.
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His report came back the same day and we were impressed. Would recommend him strongly.
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Trevor was very efficient - promptly responded to my enquiry and set up a time to visit me on the next working day. He completed the survey on the planned day and was able to turn the written up report on the same day. A very positive experience indeed to deal with Trevor on this occasion and he definitely has a happy client in me, who will happily make referrals to others for services of an Arboricultural Consultant.
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Trevor Heaps responded to my initial enquiry promptly providing a quotation for the job without any fuss by e-mail which was received immediately following my enquiry from the general website. He arranged the survey appointment within the time-frame originally given and arrived at the site at the time as agreed with him and conducted the survey in a professional and timely manner. His report arrived within the time frame given by him (within 2 days of conducting the survey). Overall an excellent and professional service and am very pleased with him. We would definitely use him again and would recommend his service to others.
We used Trevor Heaps to provide us with a Tree Report. Trevor was extremely efficient and at our request produced an excellent report within 24 hours. We could not recommend his services more highly. Trevor has a friendly and cheerful disposition and was a pleasure to do business with.
Trevor is a personable, reasonably-priced and reliable Arboriculturalist who produced an accurate report for our planning application within a couple of days of contacting him.
We received an excellent, prompt and knowledgeable service from Mr Trevor Heaps - clearly a very experienced Arboriculturalist
We appointed Trevor due to his list of qualifications and experience; and this was reflected in the practical and professional manner he dealt with our issue on his site visit. The issue related to a 15m tall Leyland Cypress tree at the rear end of our neighbour's garden which is 3.5m away from the flank wall of our property. The roots of this tree have damaged the side concrete path of our property and Trevor’s brief included assessing further potential damage. He did a full inspection and addressed all of our concerns including remedial action going forward. This was followed up quickly with a detailed professional and informative report which will be sent to our neighbour. We are confident that his report will help us to find an amicable solution with the neighbour. We have no hesitation in recommending Trevor’s invaluable services to anyone.
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Over the years I have worked with many tree consultants and Trevor was highly recommended by our architect. Since working with Trevor on our planning applications he has delivered on value, timescales and communication. Trevor is very approachable and professional. Our project has been a complex one with protection orders on trees and in a conservation area. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an arboriculture specialist.