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Re: RE: Conservation Area Notifications - Keeping the register

Subject: Re: RE: Conservation Area Notifications - Keeping the register
From: Julian Morris
Date: Jul 24 2019 17:21:28
I'm losing the plot here. The Government guidance in 2014 says 
"The authority must keep available for public inspection a register of all 
section 211 notices. 
Authorities are encouraged to make these registers available online. The 
register should include:

    the date of the section 211 notice;
    the name of the person who served it;
    the address of the land where the tree stands;
    the proposed work;
    sufficient information to identify the tree;
    the authority’s decision (if any);
    the date of the authority’s decision date (if any); and
    an index for tracing entries."

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Now I'm not at all clear whether some civil sevant made that up as an 
alternative to Regulations or whether there are some secret Regs somewher 
that lay it all out as the law says they must.

It seems like an approporiate dataset, though.

The equivalent Scottish Act (1997) s.175 says the same as the English Act 
(i.e. that content of the Register should be prescribed by the SoS) and I 
know for sure the SoS for Scotland made no such Regulations. Our 2104 
Guidance says "Section 175 of the Act requires planning authorities to keep 
available for inspection a register of all prior notifications." Of course, 
it doesn't say that at all. One could argue that there is consequently a 
requirement to keep an empty Register. 

Julian A. Morris - Professional Tree Services
jamtrees.co.uk  and  highhedgesscotland.com
0778 XXX XXXX - 0141 XXX XXXX


Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 6:05 PM
From: "Jon Heuch" <jh@xxxxxxxx.co.uk>
To: "UK Tree Care" <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: RE: Conservation Area Notifications - Keeping the register

it would be easy enough to provide using GIS, 

because you just use the parameters of the TPO and ask the GIS system to 

report for all TPO applications, assuming they have a searchable prefix or 

suffix to the application/notification number, which most Councils use

 

 

But that is not a register!

 

If it was something you had to do ad hoc and rarely I would agree. However,
a register provides an overview that is not provided by asking & answering
individual questions or queries. And if I asked you questions for several of
your TPOs at once (or all of them!) you might regret saying it is "easy". 

 

Data storage is cheap; if  you have the information electronically why bin
it?

 

Jon 

 




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