With arboricultural supervision becoming a standard condition for many planning consents, it is essential that this is considered at an early stage in the development process. In our experience, unsupervised sites often don’t provide the necessary tree protection measures and this can lead to enforcement action, stop notices or even fines for damage to trees covered by Tree Preservation Orders.
By comparison, a supervised site will generally experience a significantly reduced level of tree officer intervention; in addition, a documented supervision process will be required by the local planning authority so as to enable them to discharge the relevant condition on completion.
The degree of supervision is determined by a site’s requirements: some sites need no supervision at all whereas others may require regular monitoring. Where supervision is required, this will commence with a Project Initiation Site Visit prior to any demolition or construction works; its purpose is to allow the site manager and arboricultural supervisor to review the Tree Protection Statement and amend any details as required. Routine inspections will then be scheduled as required for the duration of the project with all findings documented to allow the local planning authority to monitor progress if they undertake their own ad hoc inspections.
Certain elements of a project, such as unavoidable construction close to trees, may be the subject of specific method statements which require arboricultural supervision for some or all of the activities detailed. We will work with the site manager to ensure that these can be scheduled with the routine inspections, thus controlling costs further.
Finally, if there is an incident involving trees on a site, we remain on call for the duration of the project to advise on remedial measures and negotiate with the local planning authority.