|Address||Garage To Rear Of 79 Pembroke Road Clifton Bristol BS8 3DN
|Proposal||Proposal to replace the garages to the rear of 79 Pembroke Road with a 2 bed detached dwelling (Self Build).|
|Neighbour Consultation Expiry||30-10-19|
|BCC Planning Portal||BCC Planning Portal|
|Public Comments||Supporters: 0 Objectors: 39 Total: 39|
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|Comment analysis||Date of Submission|
|Nearby Trees||Within 200m|
Pembroke Vale, a tree lined road in Clifton (one of only 18) is threatened. A developer wants to convert two garages into a two bedroomed house. The garages are wholly on top of the root protection area of two mature London Plane trees, and developing the site cannot help but damage their roots. The application requires piles to be driven between the roots and the application doesn't even mention the trench which would have to be dug down to connect with the sewer (3.75m deep and at least 2m wide, and in order to make the trench safe would require all roots to be severed).
I've wandered off my patch a bit here but as a member of the Bristol Tree Forum I feel I must comment here about the two splendid trees that come under threat by this development. I quote from the Applicant's arboricultural method statement:
"Two London plane trees are growing in the adjacent footway within 1.5m of the building. These are mature street tree specimens of high visual amenity. Their combined canopies overhang the site by up to 3m and the whole site lies within their nominal root protection area (RPA). Root activity is clearly evident beneath the footway around the building. A trial pit also revealed some root activity beneath the existing floor slab. The potential for adverse impact to the health and viability of these trees is very high."
I would go further and change the words "potential for" in this comment to "the certainty of".
Many have commented eloquently about the immediate threat to the trees.
- The digging into the roots by the laying of foundations and the connections to Services.
- The proximity to the spreading branches by the very walls and roofs of the proposed buildings.
But we on the Tree Forum, and Councillors concerned about Trees in the City, and Bristol Planning and Arboricultural Officers, are just as concerned for the future problems for these trees with regard to dwellings and the pressures they will come under IF they survive the immediate damage.
Time and time again in Bristol we have seen trees, which might have been "retained" and "protected" during development, come under threat afterwards.
Trees which are close to habitation later become a cause for concern because of their proximity to the dwellings (the Fear Factor) and because the effect their presence has on the Services to the dwellings or to the foundations for the dwellings. Council Officers, try as they may, and some do, find it very difficult to resist claims and applications to fell the trees - as if the dwellings came first and it is the trees' fault that these problems have arisen. Far better to look forward a few years, predict the problems (it is called foresight) and not allow the buildings to be built so close to the trees. We need the trees. We need every one. We need more trees. No one is going to put up with the branches of a mature tree immediately over their balcony, providing shade in summer and leaf fall in autumn. Bristol struggles enough to retain trees with people wanting trees removed because of leaf fall into gutters (and swimming pools) let alone into dining and living rooms. As far as the trees are concerned this is entirely inappropriate development.
When I went to have a look at the site I noticed some land, not developed, between these garages and the rear of No 79 Pembroke Road. Build the house on that land, demolish the garages and use the space so released as a garden for the proposed new dwelling. Simples.