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Trees in Conservation Areas
Normal Tree Preservation Order (TPO) procedures apply if a
tree in a conservation area is already protected by a TPO. But if a
tree in a conservation area is not covered by a TPO, you have to
give written notice to the LPA (by letter, email or on the LPA’s
form) of any proposed work, describing what you want to do, at
least six weeks before the work starts. This is called a ‘section
211 notice’ and it gives the LPA an opportunity to consider
protecting the tree with a TPO. You can find out more about trees
in Conservation Areas on the
Planning Portal website.
You do not need to give notice of work on a tree in a
conservation area if it is less than 7.5 centimetres in diameter,
when measured at 1.5 metres above the ground (or 10 centimetres in
diameter if thinning the number of trees to help the growth of
other nearby trees).
Medway Council has a number of conservation areas that protect areas such
as the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, the centre of Rochester, rural
village centres and areas of fine Victorian and Edwardian housing.
When submitting a section 211 notice, you might find it helpful to
take a look at the
guidance notes available on the Planning Portal and seek the
advice of a tree surgeon prior to submitting a tree works notice.
The directory of
Arboricultural Association approved Contractors and Medway
Council’s Fair Trader Scheme will help you find suitable
contractors. Alternatively you may feel it would be worthwhile
discussing your proposals with Medway Council, who welcomes the
opportunity to give pre-application advice before you complete the
form should be completed for further information (such as
whether or not a particular tree is protected by a Conservation
Area), or to request blank paper copies of the
application form. If you believe someone is undertaking
unauthorised work on a protected tree, please
report the matter to Medway Council who will investigate the
case. It is vital that you provide as much information as possible,
including details of the people undertaking the works.