Tree felling denied permission despite safety fears

Consent to fell an oak tree within a Dorset conservation area and protected by order was denied despite concerns by two local residents that it was potentially dangerous.

The tree was a mature specimen in good condition and while the main trunk was a little crooked it did not lean notwithstanding a claim to the contrary by some residents. It had a small vertical crease down one side of the trunk but no splits or cracks. The appellants stated that the tree was dangerous with debris falling all year round onto gardens and the roofs of properties. A large limb overhanging one of the properties moved in the wind but subject to some remedial pruning this did not justify felling, the tree the inspector held. The council’s tree officer had met with the appellants’ tree surgeon and the scope of an application for pruning works had been agreed. The tree continued to make a significant contribution to the character and appearance of the area and the appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: D Morden; Hearing

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