Standardisation of the validation process for planning applications now requires the presence of trees to be identified (and potential development constraints to be considered) at an early stage. Proposals that are subject to planning control require at least a tree survey and an impact assessment to be submitted with a planning application. When determining planning applications, local planning authorities expect developers to adopt good practice, as set out BS 5837:2012 Trees in Relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations.
The following is a list of services provided by Alar Ecology to help its clients comply with the British Standard and local planning policies:
- Tree survey: a full inventory of trees, supported by a tree schedule and constraints plan
- Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA): identification of trees proposed for retention and removal, as well as new planting proposals
- Tree Protection Plan (TPP): details of the barrier and ground protection to be installed and other measures to protect trees during demolition and construction
- Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS): detailing the methods to be used to avoid damage to trees, especially where work in the root protection zone cannot be avoided
- Arboricultural site monitoring: appointment of a project arboriculturalist to oversee sensitive works and to ensure compliance with the measures set out in the TPP and AIA
- Post development management: the preparation of inspection and maintenance schedules for retained and newly planted trees in the form of management plan for the site
While carrying out arboricultural surveys, Alar Ecology can also undertake an assessment of trees for their potential to support bats roosts and other protected/notable wildlife species.