Application Details

Reference 21/01040/VC
Address 129 Ashley Road Bristol BS6 5NU  
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Proposal T1-Sycamore - Fell.
Validated 25-02-21
Type Works to Trees in Conservation Areas
Status Decided
Neighbour Consultation Expiry 26-03-21
Determination Deadline 08-04-21
Decision Place a preservation order on the tree
Decision Issued 14-05-21
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Public Comments Supporters: 1 Objectors: 6  Unstated: 1  Total: 8
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Comment analysis   Date of Submission
Nearby Trees Within 200m

BTF response: OBJECT

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.

AND

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?

Public Comments

on 2021-04-20   SUPPORT

I am the owner of the property. The tree surgeon who submitted the application did notdo a very good job of explaining the problem.

The tree is growing rapidly and has damaged the wall to such an extent it is in danger of fallingonto the pavement. It is a very high wall with my garden higher up than the pavement below, thusit is also keeping up the garden.

I have spoken to a wall specialist and have been told that it is in danger of falling at any time.Every day a lot of small children walk to and from school right next to this wall to the local primaryschool. I am very concerned and worried it could fall at any time on them.

When I asked if they could fix the wall (the wall is under a conservation order) I was told that dueto where the tree is growing it will simply push out the wall again in a few years. Apparently, this isdue to where the tree is growing - it is higher than the pavement below. The only way to rebuildthe wall would be to move the wall taking up the whole pavement.

I love trees and would never have even considered getting rid of it if it wasn't endangering thelocal public. I am currently in the process of adding 4 large trees in the garden however in a saferposition.

on 2021-04-16   OBJECT

I object to the felling of this Sycamore Tree in Ashley Rd. I live nearby in Rosebery Aveand have seen in the last few years the felling of an increasing number of mature trees and thereis already a low percentage of tree canopy in this area (approx 6%) - an area where a highpercentage of people do not have a garden or access to green spaces. The air quality has anillegally high level of pollution. This sycamore acts as a natural filtration plant, provides shade onhot days and provides habitat for birds and insects. Please consult with The Bristol Tree Forum foradvice. There will be ways to solve the problem that do not include felling the tree. Thank you.

on 2021-04-16   OBJECT

I object to the removal of this important tree. The reasons given for its removal are notentirely clear, nor do they provide sufficient justification. If the reason is the structure of theboundary wall, then I would say this is no reason. The wall will need to be repaired, and can bedone so in a way that incorporates the tree, as has been done in many places and on numerousoccasions. This principle should be adopted throughout as trees and walls can, and do, coexist incomplete harmony. If the reason is disease, I can see no sign of this, and to have the treeremoved on this basis should require an arboricultural report, which is missing. Why is this treeimportant? It is in a conservation area, and an area that has around the lowest levels of tree coverin the whole of Bristol (between 6-7% according to i-Tree). It is of high amenity value, being visiblefrom Ashley Road, Brook Road, City Road, Grosvenor Road and Grosvenor Road Triangle, andalongside one of the busiest roads in Bristol, with the pollution and noise that goes with that,something this tree will help to mitigate.

on 2021-04-11  

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?

on 2021-04-11   OBJECT

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 andCountry Planning Act 1990 (T&CPA) has been made, this tree does not appear to be protected bya 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 busyroad. These trees (and the group it is part of) grow in a built-up urban area with low percentagetree cover. It helps to provide valuable ecoservices by mitigating the impact of both pollution andtraffic 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 tosupport this. The Structural Survey identifies only one tree as being of concern (it is uncertainwhich one), and that is only because (in their opinion) of its alleged poor condition, not because ofany threat it presents to the wall.

For all these reasons, the tree and its immediate neighbour on the corner of Brook and AshleyRoads both justify being granted tree protection with Tree Preservation Orders to preserve themfrom the immediate threat of removal.

on 2021-03-28   OBJECT

Customer enquiries regarding notification of application number 21/01040/vcSian Whelan 127 Ashley road flat a.This is my neighbours tree. I oppose the application for the Sycamore tree to be felled. Too many trees have been removed from the area and though this is a sycamore, it can be reduced dramatically to ensure the size of the tree is manageable and smaller with out removing it entirely. These trees are robust and can tolerate a harsh reduction without being felled. We should restrict the removal of trees as developers are felling so many without consent or necessity. It's imperitive we preserve our green inheritance, for without it we will surely perish and our city will suffer.Trees are important to our clean air and the tempreture withing the city. They provide a corridor for the birds to feed from garden to garden and destruction will prevent them having a safe habitat for feeding and sheltering. There are so many birds in this area and it is vital we keep them.

Kind regards

Sian Whelan

on 2021-03-24   OBJECT

on 2021-03-17   OBJECT

In general it is a shame to lose more mature trees from such a poluted area. However Ican see that the tree nearest Ashley Road which is leaning might be dangerous. However youhave marked the smaller tree in Brook Road as the target for felling. Which is it and why?