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RE: TPO apps and bat surveys [Scanned]

Subject: RE: TPO apps and bat surveys [Scanned]
From: Addison, Gilbert
Date: Jul 21 2009 08:34:37
Yet again this is an issue of proportionality. If ground level
examination of a tree strongly suggests the presence of a significant
bat roost ie oil staining or WHY, then works to that tree have a strong
likelihood of having a significant adverse effect on that
sub-population. The Habitats Regs require the LPA as the competent
authority giving authorisation to a plan or project to first carry out
an appropriate assessment (HRA). The LPA may ask for any information
they deem relevant from the applicant. If the HRA concludes likelihood
of a significant adverse effect the applicant should obtain a NE license
as part of their application under the TPO. This judgement says that the
LPA is lacking if it fails to follow these steps. 
Don't know the Habitats Regs - they are our best conservation tool and
the only thing that will put some ginger into NE.

Gilbert Addison
Tree & Countryside Officer

Breckland Council 
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-----Original Message-----
From: Edmund Hopkins [] 
Sent: 20 July 2009 11:14
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: TPO apps and bat surveys [Scanned]


So many trees have bat roost potential, not just the obvious ones.You
cannot survey a tree with the same certainty that you can a roof space.

Validation checks for TPO apps differ from those for planning apps. 

We currently wouldn't, but I don't feel categoric about it.


Edmund Hopkins
Tree Officer
Planning Services
Nottingham City Council
From: Alan Wallbank []

Where do other LPAs stand on the issue of requiring an applicant to
submit a bat survey alongside a TPO application in cases where the tree
officer suspects the tree has bat habitat potential?
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