Changes to TPO rules

Changes to TPO rules

posted by Chris Hastie on Sep 30 2008 19:42

The new rules, which currently affect only England, mean that all applications to carry out work to a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) will have to be made on a standard application form. Applications can be made either on paper or electronically, but any application not made using the standard form will be considered invalid and rejected by the Local Planning Authority.

In addition, submission of a plan showing the location of the trees becomes mandatory, although this need not be to scale. Reasons for wanting to carry out work must be stated and if these involve tree health or condition, or damage to property, supporting evidence must be submitted.

The use of the standard form is not required for notifications of work to a tree in a conservation area.

Additionally, a fast track appeals process has been introduced. Decisions will be made by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on the basis of the information submitted at the time of the application, and the notes and reasons given by the LPA when issuing a refusal. Although PINS may request further information, there will be no opportunity for either party to submit additional material unless asked to do so.