The site included several large trees covered by a preservation order. The appellant's arboricultural assessment indicated that of the 28 trees, 12 should be removed regardless of whether the site were developed. It also showed that trees in an orchard were not of the best quality and no harm would result provided they were replaced.
The inspector noted that traditional orchards are prioritised for nature conservation under the UK biodiversity action plan. The appellant's species and habitat assessment indicated that the orchard had no significant conservation interest, he found. Although the local wildlife trust argued that traditional orchards are in decline and should be protected from development, he concluded that an embargo on developing the site in the light of the ecological assessment was unjustified.
DCS Number 100-058-206
Inspector Bob Gardener; Written representations.