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Re: Notifying neighbours/Resources

Subject: Re: Notifying neighbours/Resources
From: AClout
Date: May 04 2006 16:57:05
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Edmund,

At Waverley (in Surrey) our validation team publicise TPO applications in
the same way as planning applications in terms of neighbour notification
and send out a bright yellow laminated site notice (section 211 notices are
not dealt with in the same way as considered a different animal in this
respect).  Objections/letters of support and PC comments are
addressed/noted within brief Officer report.  Only approx. 20% of
applications elicit any sort of neighbour/public comment and they are also
dealt with as per planning applications (i.e. not responded to
individually).

With regard to consultation generally, it really all comes down to resource
levels and priorities.  In the Planning team (two arb officers in the most
tree'd place in the country)  we currently offer and encourage pre-app
visits on all potential treework applications and find that it is a
significant time saver in getting an appreciation and understanding of what
is acceptable arb practice and what constitutes public amenity etc. Thus
stream lining the service, cutting down on correspondence and achieving 8
week deadlines to keep stats counters happy.

My own previous research on resourcing found that geographical District
size, population and no. of TPO applications per annum had no correlation
to the number of tree officers employed.  I think it comes down to how much
your case is promoted and how the message is received and understood by the
Chief Officers/Members in the wider scheme of LA resource allocation.
Getting decent policies in the Local Plan/LDF and then educating Members
appears to be the key.  How important are their trees?  I previously found
the stats from the Trees in Towns research useful to make the case for
resources and raise the profile of trees at my previous Authority in
Sussex.  I'm fortunate that much of the groundwork has been done by my
predecessor here - I'm currently trying to get monies for pro-active tree
survey and TPO of areas under greatest pressure for development.  Thanks to
Mr Prestcott that pressure is intense here and the battle to beat the
chainsaw to the 'good' trees is a real one.

I understand that Windsor and Maidenhead (and others) with LA
re-organisation and a fair bit of internal publicity have over the past 5
years or so increased to six? arb officers in a more holistic urban
forestry team dealing with all arb matters.  The Tree source book is quite
enlightening in this respect.

Regards

Andy

Andy Clout
Landscape and Tree Officer
Waverley Borough Council




                                                                           
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______________________________________________________________________
                  ** FINAL SEMINAR PLACES AVAILABLE **
                        PROF. DR. CLAUS MATTHECK
    VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT, TREE SAFETY DIAGNOSIS & FAILURE ANALYSIS
Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd May: Hatfield Business Park, Hertfordshire
Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th May: Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
To reserve your places, contact Symbiosis Consulting Ltd on 01455 XXXXXX
Full details and booking forms at: http://www.symbiosis.gb.com/
______________________________________________________________________
Does anyone out there routinely post site notices for either TPO
applications or conservation area notifications or both? Does anyone
routinely do "consultation" letters to neighbours? If you do these
occasionally do you have criteria which set out when it should be done?

Needless to say I am currently agonising about the extent to which my
practice is customer friendly and whether I should do more.

I know what the Blue Book says...

I have also had several unhappy neighbours complaining about loss of
privacy
and I must say I see their point of view. Trouble was I could not defend
the trees, in one case amenity was according to my structured appraisal
very low, in the other there was little doubt the selfsets were pushing
over a historic wall. I can't help thinking that since I had to let these
trees go, then a consultation would have benefitted the complainers very
little.

Temperamentally I am inclined to consult more, but there's a lot of devil
in
the detail, and the implication for my workload concerns me.

Thanks as ever...

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Edmund Hopkins
City of Nottingham Council

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