|Address||129 Ashley Road Bristol BS6 5NU
|Proposal||T1-Sycamore - Fell.|
|Type||Works to Trees in Conservation Areas|
|Neighbour Consultation Expiry||26-03-21|
|Decision||Place a preservation order on the tree|
|BCC Planning Portal||BCC Planning Portal|
|Public Comments||Supporters: 1 Objectors: 6 Unstated: 1 Total: 8|
|No. of Page Views||0|
|Comment analysis||Date of Submission|
|Nearby Trees||Within 200m|
Whilst an application for tree works: works to trees subject to a tree preservation order (TPO) and/or notification of proposed works to trees in a conservation area under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (T&CPA) has been made, this tree does not appear to be protected by a TPO, albeit that there are trees nearby which have TPO protection.
The tree is growing within the Montpelier conservation area. It highly visible from the public realm, especially from Ashley Road, and forms part of a prominent group of trees bounding this busy road. These trees (and the group it is part of) grow in a built-up urban area with low percentage tree cover. It helps to provide valuable ecoservices by mitigating the impact of both pollution and traffic noise along the Ashley Road which affect the buildings behind.
The application form refers to a tree "damaging the wall" but provides no arboricultural evidence to support this. The Structural Survey identifies only one tree as being of concern (it is uncertain which one), and that is only because (in their opinion) of its alleged poor condition, not because of any threat it presents to the wall.
For all these reasons, the tree and its immediate neighbour on the corner of Brook and Ashley Roads both justify being granted tree protection with Tree Preservation Orders to preserve them from the immediate threat of removal.
I object in principle to the felling of trees unless there is a good reason. (Unfortunatelyan Application/Notice to fell a tree in a Conservation Area does not ask for a reason to be given.)This is a neutral comment as there is insufficient information to make a more specific one.In this Application some reasons are given but it is difficult to be certain that they are good reasonsas the location of the index tree is not clear, and does it need to be felled to solve the problem?I have read the surveyor's reports and looked at the photographs.It is not completely clear which tree in the garden is under discussionThere are two issues: A Tree and The Wall(s)The Application states: "T1-sycamore Remove sycamore in front garden as its damaging the wall."But the survey reports that:a Sycamore may be diseased and a would be a danger were it to fall,and boundary walls are in poor condition, and this could be due to the proximity of the trees.Seems to me that an arborist' report on the condition of (whichever) Sycamore is required toadvise upon and determine the condition of the tree - does it require felling? The surveyor has notsaid that it does - he has advised that the tree is inspected by an arborist.I would think that the walls can be repaired without felling the tree if the tree is found to be in asatisfactory condition not requiring felling. Felling the tree is not going to mend the walls. Thephotographs suggest some rebuilding/repointing/re-rendering might be required, and could not thisbe done without felling a tree if it is healthy?