Trees and Development

 Trees are often perceived as a barrier to development, but with consideration they can usually be retained with minimal impact on the proposed use of the site. With careful design, development can be in harmony with trees, adding substantially to the aesthetics of a completed residential or commercial development; providing a leafy green environment and a feeling of well being. In some areas tree lined streets and larger tree species within a plot can increase value by up to 15%.

 Nurture Green has an extensive association with Planning and Development from both a public and private perspective and would be pleased to guide you through the various stages of the planning process paying close attention to your specific requirements, from:

  • Initial considerations and impact on trees and landscaping
  • Pre Application
  • Formal Application
  •  Providing advice on tree - related Standards, Regulations and Guidelines and their relevance to the planning process
  • Supplying appropriate practical solutions to issues arising from development in close proximity to trees
  • Satisfy Local Planning Authority tree – related stipulations
  • Supply information to discharge tree-related Conditions.

To achieve the above Nurture Green can provide:

  • Preliminary and Pre commencement meetings at the site, office or agreed location
  • Access to the Arboricultural team at all times
  • Tree Constraints Plan
  • Tree Surveys – in accordance with BS 5837: 2012 ‘Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction – Recommendations’
  • Arboricultural Impact Assessments
  • Arboricultural Method Statement
  • Tree Protection Plans
  • Landscaping / Planting Schemes, Specifications and Management Plans
  • Woodland Management Plans


A Tree Constraints Plan is often required by the Local Planning Authority if trees are in close proximity to proposed development. This can be requested at Pre Application stage to enable smooth transition to formal Application.  The Tree Constraints Plan illustrates tree constraints above and below ground, on and adjacent to a site, and their influence on proposed development. It contains the tree’s location, crown spread at cardinal points and Root Protection Area (radius or m2 defining the extent to which roots may be found), plotted on a scale plan. Accompanied by a Tree Survey (in accordance with BS5837: 2012 ‘Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction: Recommendations’), this contains a wealth of info 

  • A tree reference number,  
  • Stem diam
  • eter at 1.5m from ground level, 
  • Age class,
  •  Preliminary management requirements,
  •  Tree species
  •  Branch spread in metres (to Cardinal points)
  • Physiological condition
  • Estimated safe useful life expectancy
  •  Height in metres
  •  Height of crown clearance in metres above ground
  •  Structural condition
  •  Category grading (see BS 5837)

 Tree consideration promotes thoughtful design and can help meet planning department requirements. This increases the chances of a successful application by reducing the risk of non registration and keeps re design time and application length to a minimum.

Arboricultural Impact Assessment’s measure the impact of the development on trees on site and will highlight foreseeable problems which may disrupt development and damage trees. Our aim is to work with you and your architectural team to resolve conflict between development and trees through adjustment of conditions or design, and mitigation by means of an Arboricultural Method Statement

Arboricultural Method Statements are reports specific to site which detail tree protection measures and special engineering techniques designed to minimise or mitigate the impact of demolition and development on trees to an acceptable level (to ensure a tree will survive and flourish whilst maintaining aesthetic value and long term contribution) when they are within or adversely affecting a Root Protection Area.

Tree Protection plans include tree location, position of Root Protection Areas and Construction Exclusion Zones (both considered sacrosanct unless protection measures allow controlled access), protection measures and the development, all plotted on a scale plan.

The planning package will be tailor made to meet your, your architects and the Planning Department’s requirements, and Nurture Green’s arboricultural consultant assigned to your planning application can meet on site, or other agreed location, to discuss your application and any tree constraints. Nurture Green can also assist in the on site implementation, instruction, construction, and maintenance of tree protective measures and special engineering techniques used to mitigate the effects of development on trees.

Landscaping, Planting Schemes, Specifications and Management Plans (including woodland) are mentioned here specifically for fulfilment of Planning Conditions and are tailored to fulfil your requirements and discharge Conditions.

Having worked as a Tree Officer, Jason Trewinnard has considerable experience of refusal of planning consent and subsequent appeals including representations, informal hearings and public inquiries, and is suitably qualified to be able to provide comprehensive guidance and supporting information throughout this area of the planning process.