Housing threatens longevity of protected trees

Plans to redevelop two chalet bungalows in Dorset to create five dwellings and four apartments would harm the root protection areas and canopies of protected oak trees.

An inspector decided that some of the plots would be too close to the trees due to the foundations of the buildings which would intrude into the root protection areas. Two of the plots would also result in the dwellings either touching or being close to existing canopies. The proximity would also result in subs-standard living conditions within some of the properties by virtue of overshadowing and limited outlook. This would lead to pressure from occupiers to fell or drastically reduce the size of the trees and the appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: Nick Fagan; Written representations

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