The Council is committed to preserving the landscape character of North East Lincolnshire.
In order to conserve the benefits that trees provide, the Local Planning Authority has the power to make Tree Preservation Orders. The Authority has a statutory obligation to publically display new TPO’s for a period of 4 weeks
The Local Planning Authority can make a Tree Preservation Order in respect of either an individual tree, a groups of trees or whole woodlands in the interest of preserving public amenity.
A Tree Preservation Order prohibits the:
- cutting down
- wilful damage or
- wilful destruction
of trees without the Local Planning Authorities consent this also includes the roots of trees.
Anyone in contravention of a Tree Preservation Order and found guilty of an offence is liable, if convicted in a magistrates court, to a fine of up to £20,000. In serious cases for trial in the Crown Court, if convicted the fine maybe unlimited.
Application to Carry Out Work to Protected Trees
To carry out works to trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order, you will need prior consent from the Council.
To make an application for consent to carry out works to protected trees please read the "Help Notes" and then print and fill out the "Tree Works Application Form", There is a link to the application forms to the right of this page under "Useful Websites" Please send completed forms to the address shown. Alternatively if you have a scanner you can scan your completed application and e-mail to the address shown.
You can keep track of submitted tree work application's by using the "Search for a Planning Application" link under related content on the right hand side of this page.
Advice on Acceptable Tree Work Descriptions – Crown/Branch Reductions
The tree works application guidance notes published in 2008 by central government state that the applicant must clearly specify the work in section 7 of the application form and should avoid references to percentages when describing crown reductions. Also that descriptions of proposed work should instead refer to the intended height and spread of the tree after pruning.
The latest British Standard for tree work BS3998:2010 similarly makes clear that references to percentage reductions are "imprecise and unsatisfactory without reference to length, height, spread etc" and goes on to extend this approach to include stating the intended end result for specific branches where necessary.
It should be noted that where pruning is to achieve clearance from a structure or from the ground, a finished clearance measurement will suffice. For example: "crown lift to achieve 4m clearance above ground level" or "reduction of branches on west side of tree to achieve 3m horizontal clearance from the house".
Please note that any application/notification forms received by the Council that quote percentages without reference to finished dimensions will likely be delayed as clarification is sought, and will ultimately be returned as invalid if more precise information isn't forthcoming
To find out whether tree/s are covered by a TPO or for information on how to apply to carry out works to trees within Conservation Areas that are not covered by a TPO, please contact the Local Authority Tree Officers on the numbers shown.
Register of Applications
Local Planning Authorities are required to maintain a register of applications received, including the LPA's decision, and to make this register available to the public.
To view applications to carry out works to protected trees please see the "Register of Applications" to the right of this page.