Casebook: Appeal cases - Trees and hedgerows. Tree loss agreed in degraded woodland setting

The Welsh Assembly Government has accepted an inspector's recommendation to allow the felling of three alder trees next to a housing estate in Cardiff after finding that two were not protected and the loss of the third would not affect a wood's special character.

After examining various measurements supplied by the parties and his own calculations, the inspector concluded that one tree lay within a tree preservation order plan boundary and the other two were either on or just outside the boundary. He inferred that there was no need to apply for consent under the order for two of the trees and held that no further action should be taken on them.

The inspector did not consider that the loss of the protected tree would affect the woodland's character, especially as its proper maintenance would include regular felling and thinning. He did not accept that it would harm the area's overall amenity since the woodland setting had already been affected by recent developments.

DCS No: 100039342; Inspector: David Wilks; Written representations.

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