Why You Need an Arboricultural Impact Assessment

Obtaining planning permission is often easier when trees are considered before submitting a planning application. This requires a Tree Survey to be carried out. With the tree related constraints plotted on a scale plan we can assess the likely impact of proposed development so the local authority can gauge if development is acceptable. It also allows us to propose a method of protecting retained trees. Prior to this we can provide advice as to how to minimise the impact if required, with a feasibility study.

Local Planning Authorities typically want to understand what impact your planning proposal may have on trees. The Arboricultural Impact Assessment will provide information to local authorities to illustrate this. This will quite often carry emphasis on retaining trees rather than removal. This aspect will often influence the designs and plans in a development. Therefore the Assessment is an important factor in staying within budgets and deadlines. The following factors can often be considered in an Arboricultural Impact Assessment:

  • Building foundations
  • Site boundaries
  • Tree roots under proposed roads / driveways
  • Construction of services above and below ground
  • Any possible removal of trees and how this impacts on local amenity
  • Possible replacement planting schemes
  • Ground compaction

Typically, tree survey data is used in assessing the scheme and areas of conflict with trees. This results in a report including the following:

  • Plan showing trees and the proposed development
  • Arboricultural Impact assessment

What Happens After an Aboricultural Impact Assessment?

Once this assessment is produced, we will complete a further plan drawing showing the layout and specifications of protection measures. This is often referred to as an Arboricultural Method Statement. This Statement will usually carry conditions designed to protect trees likely to be affected by development. Tree Reports Ltd can provide on-site supervision and advice, helping guide you through these recommendations and helping ensure your development complies with Local Planning regulations.

If the full details of a planning scheme are not yet available, we can also provide preliminary protection plans and Arboricultural Method Statements to assist planning applications, subject to conditions.