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    Tree in LissHeritage - Tree Preservation Orders

    The principle effect of a Tree Preservation Order is to prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without the Local Authority's consent.

    (References : Part VIII Town and Country Planning Act 1990; Town and Country Planning (Trees Preservation)(England) Regulations 2012)

    East Hampshire District Council hasover950 Tree Preservation Orders with new Orders being made every month.

    If you own or manage trees or woodland subject to a Tree Preservation Order you must make an application to the Local Authority before undertaking any works. Follow the link to download an Application Form.

    There are a number of exceptions from the need to apply:

    - cutting down trees in accordance with one of the Forestry Commission’s grant schemes,orwhere the Commission has granted a Felling Licence.

    - cutting down or cutting back a tree which is dead or dangerous

    - in line with an obligation under an Act of Parliament

    - at the request of certain organisations specified in the TPO

    -in certain circumstances Local Planning Authority consent is not required if the work to the tree is required to implement a full planning permission. This will usually have been agreedduring the planning process.

    - in a commercial orchard, or pruning fruit trees in accordance with good horticultural practice

    - to prevent or control a legal actionablenuisance

    It is advisable to check with the Local Authority if you think one of these exceptions apply.Unless in an emergency, youmust give at least five days writtennotice before cutting down a protected tree which is dead or imminently dangerous. This is in your interests, you could be prosecuted if the Local Authority thinks you may have carried out unauthorised work.


    If a protected tree is deliberately destroyed, or damaged in such a way likely to destroy it, you could be fined up to 20,000 if convicted in the magistrates’ court. For other offences a fine of 2,500 could be applied.

    Details of all the Orders are available to view at the Council Offices at Penns Place or online using the webmapping service from the home page. Details of all Tree Applications received can be viewed online.

    Visit the Department for Communities and Local Government website for more information and guidance on Tree Preservation Orders.

    If you wish to request a tree(s) be made the subject of a Tree Preservation Order please send us details of why you wish the tree(s) to be made the subject of an Order, including what the potential threat to the tree(s) is. Also please send a plan showing the position of the tree(s) so that we can be sure that we inspect the correct specimen. The plan does not need to be to scale, but should make clear the position of the tree(s). The required details can also be sent by post or email to maria.stewart@easthants.gov.uk

     

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