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Re: Root damage from Road building and Drain laying

Subject: Re: Root damage from Road building and Drain laying
From: Jane Westover
Date: Feb 19 2001 20:30:08
Bob
    The presence of trees and the suitability of the access road for the
type of housing estate proposed (and remember it must be adequate for dust
carts, removal lorries and emergency vehicles, as well as construction
traffic) are both issues which the planning authority should take into
account when considering the application.
    A road constructed to a standard likely to be suitable for this
development, as laid down in design guides, will have an adverse effect on
tree roots by severance and compaction, and the distances within which this
is considered to become a problem for the tree are set out in British
Standard 5837. It is unlikely that this is a suitable candidate for no-dig
construction methods (see Arboricultural Practice Note 1, Driveways Close to
Trees).
    Design standards for estate roads should be available from your local
Highway Authority Development Control Section
    The existing house presumably has water and electricity, and may have
gas and mains sewage.
Do these already run down the drive, or do they come from elsewhere ? What
are the falls and how deep is a new sewer likely to run ? These are all
issues which could impact on the trees.
    You have the right to write to the planning authority within a set
period of time, to make your views known. They must consider your views (but
may ignore them), and they do have a statutory duty to consider the impact
of any development proposal on any trees which may be affected.
    I hope this slightly abstract reply helps.
                                                            Stephen
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Thornton" <bob.thornton@xxxxxxxxx.com>
To: "UK Tree Care" <uktc@xxxxxxxxx.co.uk>
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2001 7:35 PM
Subject: Root damage from Road building and Drain laying


Adjacent to my side boundary is a 5 metre wide private drive leading to
one
house set in an acre of ground. The boundary is holly hedge plus there are
mature Pine, Birch and Cypressus Leylandi all around 15 metres high
growing
ajacent to or straddling the boundary line.  A planning application has
been
made to build 12 houses and make this drive up into an adopted road.

Needless to say I am not happy to have a new road 4 feet from my windows,
and I am wondering if there is any valid objection that can be made based
on
the root damage that will be inevitable when the essential services of
sewers etc are laid and adequate foundations laid for the road, covering
half their root area. The trees are not currently subject of a TPO, but I
believe this could be arranged for some at least!



Bob Thornton

mailto: bob.thornton@xxxxxxxxx.com <mailto:bob.thornton@xxxxxxxxx.com>

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