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Tree Preservation Order

In 2011 in response to the change of ownership of the land the councillor at the time who was resident on the estate, Cllr Pat Martin (who has sadly since passed away) managed to obtain a Tree Preservation Order on all the green space. The trees in certain areas where they were more sparse such as in the middle open space were identified individually whilst the ones in the woodland areas were covered under a 'Woodland order'

Who makes Tree Preservation Orders and why?

Local planning authorities can make a Tree Preservation Order if it appears to them to be ‘expedient in the interests of amenity to make provision for the preservation of trees or woodlands in their area‘.

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

A Tree Preservation Order is an order made by a local planning authority in England to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. An Order prohibits the:

  cutting down
  topping
  lopping
  uprooting
  wilful damage
  wilful destruction

of trees without the local planning authority’s written consent. If consent is given, it can be subject to conditions which have to be followed. In the Secretary of State’s view, cutting roots is also a prohibited activity and requires the authority’s consent.

What trees can be protected?

An Order can be used to protect individual trees, trees within an area, groups of trees or whole woodlands. Protected trees can be of any size or species.

Orders covering a woodland protect the trees and saplings of whatever size within the identified area, including those planted or growing naturally after the Order was made. This is because the purpose of the Order is to safeguard the woodland as a whole, which depends on regeneration or new planting.

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Revision date: 06 03 2014

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-preservation-orders-and-trees-in-conservation-areas#making-applications-tpo

The TPO (TPO/0042/AMB/W2) can be seen on the Dudley Council mapping as below and also below is the posters put up by the council advertising the order being applied in 2011:

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