Trees & Development
Do you require a tree survey for a planning application?
Trees are recognised as a material consideration in national and regional council planning policy in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the rest of the UK. Therefore, most councils will require a development proposal to demonstrate how trees have been considered and had an influence on the design process.
John Morris Arboricultural Consultancy provides technical input and advice on trees to help inform design layouts which consider the constraints and opportunities from trees, ensuring your project meets council planning requirements.
We provide a range of services from basic tree surveys and arboricultural summary reports, to arboricultural impact assessments, method statements and tree protection plans, depending on the size of your project and planning conditions - all over Northern Ireland, Ireland and the rest of the UK..
Our reports and plans are designed to fit the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 and created to the highest professional industry standards, in accordance with British Standard 5837: 2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations.
At John Morris Arboricultural Consultancy we see trees as assets when it comes to development, not constraints.
Trees on new developments provide many economic, social and environmental benefits - from higher property values to more attractive places in which to live, work and play.
Our innovative and pragmatic approach to trees and development helps inform clear and considered design layouts, maximising land values and ensuring your planning application is successful in meeting planning conditions.
We are registered with Constructionline Registration No. 00416798
Arboricultural project stages
Stage 1 - Tree Survey
Upon instruction a tree survey of the site is undertaken in line with BS5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction.
A Tree Constraints Plan is provided to inform the constraints and opportunities of the site from an arboricultural perspective, and to assist the design team with the layout of the development.
Stage 2 - Arboricultural Impact Assessment & Tree Protection Plan
Upon receipt of your final design layout, we will provide an Arboricultural Impact Assessment. This is an important document which demonstrates to the local council how trees have been considered as part of the design process.
The report is accompanied by a Tree Protection Plan, which illustrates trees that will be retained and lost as a result of development. It also shows measures that will be adopted during construction to ensure tree protection.
Stage 3 - Arboricultural Method Statement
An Arboricultural Method Statement outlines site specific details of how trees will be protected during construction. This is particularly important where construction directly impacts upon existing trees, for example, installation of underground services, roads or buildings within root protection areas.
We can work with your design team to achieve innovative solutions to such problems, and provide technical reports and plans to ensure you meet planning obligations.
We also provide a Clerk of Works service to oversee more complex works on site, as required.