Godwins Tree Surveys provide expert tree surveys for planning applications. We offer an excellent level of service, professional advice and years of industry experience. Our complete tree advice service for planning applications is typically commissioned by architects, planners, developers, property owners or anyone that requires a tree survey to validate a planning application.
If you are applying for planning permission, and trees are present a tree survey will generally be requested by the local planning authority. The reason for this is to assess whether construction activity is likely to have an unacceptable impact on nearby trees. The local planning authority will generally stipulate that for this purpose a tree survey must be undertaken in accordance with the British Standard for tree surveys and development – BS5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction.
A Godwins tree survey and report to BS5837:2012 will assess tree quality and assign trees a retention category. Those trees of poor quality, such as those with serious structural defects or dead trees are recommended for removal. The remaining trees shall be assigned a retention category and considered for retention based on their quality. Each retained tree or group of trees will be plotted on a Tree Constraints Plan, showing Root Protection Areas.
Where the proposed layout of a site is known, the impact on retained trees can be assessed as part of an Arboricultural Impact Assessment. The Arboricultural Impact Assessment incorporates the tree survey information and the proposed layout details to identify which trees will be impacted upon.