Expert Witness

We have an established track record of successful outcomes on planning enquiries.

What is it?

Where a planning application has been unsuccessful and an appeal has been made to the Planning Inspectorate, a Proof of Evidence is required to be submitted to the Planning Inquiry. This evidence will be presented by our one of Expert Witnesses who has a deep understanding of the material considerations in each individual case.

The Planning Inspector will assess the information presented, of which the Proof of Evidence will be a major componant. Following the Inspectors assessment and appeal procedure a final decision is usually issued within one month.

Our Expertise

We have wide experience in appearing before planning inquiries, with a good track record of successful outcomes. We are able to supply and prepare, in cooperation with the appeal team, Proofs of Evidence that comply with Civil Procedure Rules (Part 35) and Practice Direction 35.

At a public inquiry, one of our expert witnesses will present the information to the inquiry where the strength of this evidence is tested by cross examination.

Through effective liaison with all interested parties, we will quickly draft a Statement of Common Ground which will ensure only the relevant issues are dealt with by the Planning Inquiry.

Our arboricultural services

Pre purchase surveys

We provide cost-effective pre-purchase tree surveys.

Our affordable pre-purchase tree surveys help prospective buyers identify tree-related issues that may limit a site’s future development.

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Planning applications

We can provide full tree surveys for prospective planning applications

These comply with BS5837 (2012) and will identify any development constraints imposed by the trees and will give you practical solutions to overcome them.

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Expert wittness

We have experience in providing Expert Witness evidence

We have broad experience in providing Expert Witness evidence and appearing in Planning Appeals and Public Inquiries. with an excellent track record of successful outcomes.

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TPO applications

We are experts at drafting TPO applications and appeals

We have many years of experience in drafting Tree Preservation Order applications, and our expert advice has helped our clients achieve a high success rate.

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Tree hazards

Tree Hazard Assessments and Surveys

Our team has built up a high level of experience in carrying out tree hazard surveys for a wide range of clients from local authorities, government bodies, large landowners to private individuals with just one tree.

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Tree hazards

Picus Resistograph

Does your tree have internal decay/defects? Has an external inspection not reached a firm conclusion; Don’t want to fell a tree without a high degree of confidence of the necessity? Then we have just the answer; the arboreal equivalent of a CT scan.

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Our arboricultural specialists can provide Locum Services for Local Authorities

We can provide support services to local authorities under pressure through staff illness, budget cuts or staff reductions.

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