|Address||Turnpike Lodge 3A Stoke Hill Bristol BS9 1JL
|Proposal||T1: Fell Holly. T2: Fell Silver Birch T3: Fell Goat Willow|
|Type||Works to Trees in Conservation Areas|
|Decision||Preservation Order NOT REQUIRED|
|BCC Planning Portal||on Planning Portal|
|Public Comments||Supporters: 0 Objectors: 2 Total: 2|
|No. of Page Views||0|
|Comment analysis||Date of Submission|
|Nearby Trees||Within 200m|
This corner site on Stoke Hill/Stoke Park Road South is gradually being denuded of trees.
Lingchi - Death of a Thousand Cuts.
First there was the building of a house adjacent to No 3 (now 3a) - Planning Application 11/02870. 8 trees on the corner site were felled to enable that development to take place. There was some mitigation street tree planting locally (Section 106 Unilateral Undertaking) (by the way those trees are doing well, but it will be some time yet - maybe another 15/20 years - before they replace the environmental contribution made by the trees lost).
Earlier this year there was Planning Application 20/02842. "T1: To crown lift Aspen to 5.5. metres over road and reduce by 1.5 metres all round. T2: To crown lift Cherry over road to 5.5 metres and reduce by 1.5 metres all round. T3: To remove Goat Willow. Really poor specimen, sever decay at base and throughout main stems. T4: To pollard Goat Willow leaving a final height of 7 metres . T5: To remove dead wood from Goat Willow. Routine maintenance, health and safety."
Permission was granted and it is probable from the wording of the Officer Report that there was no site visit made by the Officer. He can correct me if I am wrong.
This Application is to fell three trees - One of them, T3, a Goat Willow, is probably T5 in the application 20/02842.
I too, as the other commentator, ask that on this occasion the Tree Officer does visit to determine if these fellings are required. Trees do not live forever - but this site will be completely bare soon.
A survey of the trees carried out in 2018 for Planning Application 18/03855 gave life expectancies for the retained trees on site as at least 10 years and maybe 40 years (range varied with each individual tree). Yet here we are only 2 years later with a request to fell 3 of them. Were the trees adequately protected during the major rebuild? Concerns were raised by the public and by Council Tree Officers as to whether retained tree protection measures for that build were adequate, and modifications were made. Was that enough? Have trees been damaged and now lost? Should there be mitigation, maybe off site, for the "2 years later" tree loss under the Bristol Tree Replacement Standard, as per the 2011 build?
Might the tree loss applied for now be part of a further building development on the site, yet to be the subject of an Application?
I ask the Tree Officer to visit and consider these points. This further tree loss is a great sadness in what is after all a Conservation Area.