TREE PRESERVATION ORDERS AND the works proposed, particularly if felling is TREES IN CONSERVATION AREAS
TREES IN CONSERVATION AREAS
WHAT IS A CONSERVATION AREA?
WHAT HAPPENS IF WORK IS CARRIED
INTRODUCTION OUT ON A PROTECTED TREE WITHOUT
PERMISSION? A Conservation Area is an area of special
Trees, both individually and in groups, play an architectural or historic interest the character
important role in forming the character and or appearance of which it is desirable to
attractiveness of the Craven landscape and If you cut down, uproot or wilfully destroy a preserve or enhance.
provide an essential wildlife habitat. For these tree, or wilfully damage, top or lop a tree in a
reasons some trees need to be protected by manner likely to destroy it, you could be fined Such areas are designated by local planning
Tree Preservation Orders. Those in up to £20,000 on summary conviction, or an authorities under the provisions of the Planning
Conservation Areas also have a measure of indictment to an unlimited fine. You will also (in (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act
protection. most circumstances) have to plant a 1990.
replacement tree if the tree was removed or
TREE PRESERVATION ORDERS HOW ARE TREES PROTECTED IN
WHAT WORKS NEED THE LOCAL
WHAT IS A TREE PRESERVATION ORDER?
AUTHORITY’S PERMISSION? For trees within a Conservation Area that are
not protected by a Tree Preservation Order,
A Tree Preservation Order is an order made by you must give the Council six weeks notice if
the Local Planning Authority which makes it an It is advisable to consult the Local Authority if you want to carry out work on them.
offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully you wish to undertake any works on a protected
damage or wilfully destroy a tree without the tree, there are, however, some exceptions to You must not carry out any work during that
planning authority’s permission. this, the principal ones are as follows: period without permission.
Cutting down a tree under a forestry The Council can only prevent the work by
HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF A TREE IS dedication covenant, or a plan of operations serving a Tree Preservation Order within the 6
PROTECTED BY A TREE PRESERVATION approved by the Forestry Commission, or week period. If the proposed work is in the
ORDER? where the Forestry Commission has granted interests of good arbouricultural management
a felling licence. and is reasonable, a Tree Preservation Order is
unlikely to be made and the work, in effect,
Records of all Tree Preservation Orders are
Cutting down or cutting back a tree: becomes authorised.
kept at the Council Offices and are available
for inspection. Alternatively contact the Tree/
Enforcement Officer on 01756 706447. which is dying, dead or dangerous, or WHAT HAPPENS IF WORK IS CARRIED
OUT ON A TREE IN A CONSERVATION
which is directly in the way of
AREA WITHOUT PERMISSION?
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR APPLYING TO development that is about to start and
CARRY OUT WORKS TO A TREE? for which detailed planning permission
has been granted, or If unauthorised work is carried out on a tree in
a Conservation Area, you could be fined up to
Complete and submit an application form which is a fruit tree cultivated for fruit £20,000.
(available at the Council Offices) specifying the
work proposed and the reasons for it. It would
You may also be required to replant a
be helpful to submit a report from a qualified
arboriculturist or tree surgeon, which justifies
If in doubt, check with the Council replacement tree.
The following diagrams illustrate what the basic tree
work terms are.
CONSERVATION AREAS IN CRAVEN
(Outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park)
This is mainly carried out BELL BUSK
to allow more light through BRADLEY
the crown of the tree BURTON-IN-LONSDALE
without altering the basic CARLETON
shape and size of the tree. CONISTON COLD
The removal of dead and diseased wood should be CONONLEY
undertaken prior to thinning to the required density.
DRAUGHTON CRAVEN DISTRICT
EMBSAY AND EASTBY
This may be carried out GARGRAVE
to increase the clearance GIGGLESWICK
between ground level and HALTON EAST
lower branches to: INGLETON
Allow access below the tree. KILDWICK
To allow greater air and light penetration. KILDWICK GRANGE
To allow adequate clearance above the road LONG PRESTON
(17 ft. minimum) or public footpath (8 ft. LOTHERSDALE
minimum). EAST AND WEST MARTON
CROWN REDUCTION AND SHAPING SETTLE - CARLISLE RAILWAY -
(Hellifield - Langcliffe)
This drastic form of SKIPTON
pruning may be allowed in SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN
special circumstances only: THORNTON-IN-CRAVEN
To reduce weight on The Officers that deals with Tree Preservation GUIDE TO
Orders are Ted Gill who can be contacted on TREE PRESERVATION ORDERS
To balance a misshapen tree. (01756) 706447 and Peter Lambert on (01756) AND TREES IN
To prevent trees obstructing or damaging 706265
buildings and property. CONSERVATION AREAS
To prevent interference with overhead cables.
Planning Services Unit
REMOVAL OF OVERHANGING BRANCHES Council Offices
In cases where branches
buildings or structures or
neighbouring property, North Yorkshire ANSWERED
this can often be BD23 1PS
addressed by re-shaping
the tree. January 2000