|Address||16 Hadrian Close Bristol BS9 1DZ
|Proposal||Demolition of existing building (Use Class C3) and erection of a detached single storey 2 bedroom (4 bedspace) residential dwelling (Use Class C3) with secure bicycle store and Air Source Heat Pump. (Self Build).|
|Neighbour Consultation Expiry||29-10-20|
|Standard Consultation Expiry||04-11-20|
|Decision||GRANTED subject to condition(s)|
|BCC Planning Portal||on Planning Portal|
|Public Comments||Supporters: 1 Objectors: 0 Unstated: 1 Total: 2|
|No. of Page Views||0|
|Comment analysis||Date of Submission|
|Nearby Trees||Within 200m|
It is difficult to sort this application out, with regard to the trees.
With regard to the Arboricultural report submitted, it appears that some pre-application advice was taken before the final report as submitted.
My understanding of the documents on the Portal is that the arboriculturist does not think that the trees on the site are worth saving. It seems that the Planning Dept of BCC is keen to see the trees retained and protected. The arboriculturist is sure that at least one or some canopies will have to be trimmed/reduced/lifted to accommodate the development.
In the event that all/some of the trees are removed, then there should be mitigation under the terms of the Bristol Tree Replacement Standard. I note that in the report a willingness to plant trees on a voluntary basis is expressed, but an obligation is always better, as it is enforceable. The report states that the trees are of such poor quality that they do not warrant replacement in mitigation. There could be an element of "they would say that, wouldn't they?" here, so it would be better that the Tree Officer assessed the quality of the trees if this has not already happened.
Trees lost to facilitate development should be replaced. It is an obligation under Bristol's planning regulations, but it should, under today's climate conditions, be a matter of conscience as well, and maybe that is what the arboriculturist is saying.
I was interested to note, in the drawings submitted by the architects in the Heritage Statement, a splendid row of healthy green flourishing trees growing in the background of the house in the image of the proposed build. If the original plan was to remove the trees, then the tree report and the architects' fancy do not match.
Please could the Tree Officer sort this out with the Planning Department - will the trees go or will they stay? If they go - will there be mitigation under BTRS?