Root protection area mitigation inadequate

The retention of a concrete slab used to accommodate a mobile MRI scanner in south Wales, was rejected because insufficient information had been provided to demonstrate that a yew tree would remain viable.

The appellant accepted that the construction of the pad had caused damage to the tree because it lay within the root protection area. An arboricultural report concluded that an unknown level of damage had occurred but suggested installing a cell-web around and above the root system would be the best solution to its longer-term protection.

Despite the appellant’s claims, the submitted report did not comprise a definitive arboricultural impact statement, the inspector determined. It could not guarantee that the works already undertaken which apparently had included severing a large root, would ensure that the tree would survive. Nor did the report explain how the remedial works could be undertaken without causing further harm to the tree. In his opinion the best solution was the removal of the slab in its entirety and this could be replaced elsewhere within the hospital grounds.

Inspector: Iwan lloyd; Written representations

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