Tree Conservation Areas In South London

If you’re planning on carrying out work in a conservation area then you’ll need to make the necessary applications in order to keep on the right side of the law. Tree conservation areas in South London are areas of exceptional environmental or historical interest which are protected against changes that could have a negative impact on these factors.

South London Tree Surgeons can help you to navigate the process of working in protected areas by carrying out the necessary applications on your behalf and liaising with the Local Planning Authority.

We’ll also provide you with a full quotation for the work that needs to be carried out and will continue to deal with any additional paperwork throughout the planning application process.

What Is A Tree Preservation Order?

A Tree Preservation Order, otherwise known as TPO, is an order issued by local planning authorities which is designed to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in England.

Not every tree that’s protected by a TPO will be obviously marked, so it’s always worth using a professional arborist to make the necessary checks. It’s a criminal offence to cut down, move, lop, top or damage a tree protected by a TPO and can carry a maximum fine of up to £20,000.

The Local Planning Authority you apply to will depend on the location of the tree. If you aren’t sure about the status of the trees you wish to work on then you can find out more information on which council to enquire to through use of a online search engine. We suggest searching the postcode or area followed by council e.g. “Clapham Council” which comes under Lambeth. Alternatively, contact us and we’ll can assist you in finding the information you require.

Planning authorities could be a borough, district, unitary council or national park authority so it’s essential that each application is made correctly to avoid unnecessary rejections.

It’s worth bearing in mind that planning applications to work in tree conservation areas in South London can take up to six weeks, so we’ll get this submitted on your behalf at the earliest opportunity to expedite the process. The LPA may ask a surveyor to visit the property/location and we’ll work with them throughout project planning to give the best possible of the TPO being lifted.

If the planning authority fail to reply within a six week period then any work can legally be carried out as planned and, of course, if the application is approved quickly then we’ll look to commence work earlier where possible.

Beginning Work on Your Protected Trees (TPO)

South London Tree Surgeons have providing tree surgery in Croydon, Bromley, Balham, Clapham and beyond for more than a decade. We’ve worked in multiple South London conservation areas and have always maintained an excellent working relationship with local planning authorities.

It all starts by getting in touch for a free, no obligation consultation so we can begin the process of assessing your conservation area. We’ll provide you with a quotation and begin the process of applying to the LPA for planning permission.

Contact us today and a member of the team will be more than happy to help.