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RE: your thoughts please [Scanned]

Subject: RE: your thoughts please [Scanned]
From: Burke Nick \(DEL\)
Date: Dec 18 2008 10:45:02
 'However, it should be borne in mind that the Town and Country Planning
Act says that the LPA has a duty to protect trees - that is a statutory
duty. Also as per trees in towns 2 all councils are recommended to have
a 'qualified arboriculturist' on staff to deal with tree issues.

Just another thought - whilst house prices blah, blah are dropping, the
prudent developer is still looking at sites and applying for planning
permission with the anticipation of developing when an upturn occurs.

Not to mention extensions and conservatories, oh and if in doubt the
beloved TPO resurvey is always there as a back up.....

Liam McKarry'

I know there are a number of councils out there who don't have any Arb
officers at all. Tree matters if they related to the TCP Act usually get
done by a planning officer or an outside consultant comes in for a
number of hours a week. And as you have said councils are 'recommended'
to have a qualified arboriculturist this doesn't mean they will have one
and with money getting tighter are unlikely to do so. Trees have always
seemed to be low on the priorities list. A number of councils have a
recruitment freeze on at the moment, I know we do, and its getting
noticeable in the decrease in jobs being advertised for TO's although
having said that adverts do tend to decrease at this time of year.

Nick Burke
Planning Officer - Arboriculture
Environmental Planning, 
Development Services
Sheffield City Council, 
Howden House
1 Union Street, 
S1 2SH



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