TPO Applications and Appeals

What is it?

If you own a tree which is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or live in a Conservation Area, then the consent of the Local Planning Authority (LPA) is required before any works to these trees may be undertaken. The new standard TPO application form now asks for a higher level of information than was previously required and suggests that an appropriate expert is brought in to give advice.

Where this application is unsuccessfull the tree owner has a right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate and an independant expert inspector will be appointed to a make a decision based on the evidence submitted.

How can it help?

If you are a land owner, school, or organisation that has responsibility for trees subject to a TPO or located in a Conservation Area, then a clear understanding of the rules and proceedures in relation to these trees is essential. Unauthorised works has a potential maximum fine of £20,000.

What we will do

We have many years experience in drafting TPO applications and appeal statements with a high success rate. We will also draw up formal objections to the placing of a TPO in first instance. If an application is refused and submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for appeal we will represent our clients case and ensure all the material considerations are explained in detail either at a formal site visit or planning appeal.