Application Details

Reference 21/01240/VC
Address 20 Julian Road Bristol BS9 1LB  
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Proposal T1 Hornbeam - Fell
Validated 05-03-21
Type Works to Trees in Conservation Areas
Status Withdrawn
Neighbour Consultation Expiry 02-04-21
Determination Deadline 16-04-21
Decision Application Withdrawn
Decision Issued 09-04-21
BCC Planning Portal BCC Planning Portal
Public Comments Supporters: 1 Objectors: 7    Total: 8
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Comment analysis   Date of Submission
Nearby Trees Within 200m

BTF response: OBJECT

A mature tree is just about one of the most important things in a city.
A tree in a Conservation Area is one of the attributes of a Conservation Area. So no tree, least of all a mature tree in a Conservation Area, should be felled without detailed consideration.
We need evidence that the harms done by this tree are true.
The Application Form for the felling of a tree in a Conservation Area (there is not one here) asks, if structural damage is alleged, for evidence from a structural engineer to confirm that. Where is the proper Application Form and where is the evidence from a structural engineer following upon his/her investigation of the alleged damage?
If the tree has had to be trimmed for the safe passage of buses, as the tree is in a Conservation Area, there would have been prior applications to work on the tree for that reason.
The tree has had work done to it in 2015 and 1994.
The app form in 2015 gave no reason for the work at all. The section on description of works was not filled in. There was no mention of buses, just the need (in the AO report) to reduce the size of the tree. We see no evidence that this tree has had work done to it for the safe passage of buses. If that is required now then that could be done hopefully without losing the tree?
This application seems not to take into account the importance of the tree. Other ways of managing it should be explored please.

Public Comments

on 2021-04-05   OBJECT

A mature tree is just about one of the most important things in a city.A tree in a Conservation Area is one of the attributes of a Conservation Area. So no tree, least ofall a mature tree in a Conservation Area, should be felled without detailed consideration.We need evidence that the harms done by this tree are true.The Application Form for the felling of a tree in a Conservation Area (there is not one here) asks, ifstructural damage is alleged, for evidence from a structural engineer to confirm that. Where is theproper Application Form and where is the evidence from a structural engineer following uponhis/her investigation of the alleged damage?If the tree has had to be trimmed for the safe passage of buses, as the tree is in a ConservationArea, there would have been prior applications to work on the tree for that reason.The tree has had work done to it in 2015 and 1994.The app form in 2015 gave no reason for the work at all. The section on description of works wasnot filled in. There was no mention of buses, just the need (in the AO report) to reduce the size ofthe tree. We see no evidence that this tree has had work done to it for the safe passage of buses.If that is required now then that could be done hopefully without losing the tree?This application seems not to take into account the importance of the tree. Other ways ofmanaging it should be explored please.

on 2021-04-04   OBJECT

As Chair of the Sneyd Park Resident's Association I fully object to this application onthe following grounds;1. The tree is within the Sneyd Park Conservation area and should be protected.2. The report shows no sign of any disease and therefore no reason for the tree to be felled.3. Comments on drains but no evidence.4. Comments on buses but no evidence.5. Comments on branches falling but no evidence.As Chair I fully support the neighbours who have raised objections. Sneyd Park Conservation areashould be protected from action like these which will ruin this leafy region.I trust my comments will be taken into consideration, and the application declined.Kind regards,Stephen Small Chair of SPRA

on 2021-04-01   OBJECT

This tree is one of the most glorious on the road. I have never seen any hinderance tothe bus, or danger to passers by, as claimed in the proposal documents. There is significant spacearound the sides of the tree that allow light into the property.Bristol intends to double its tree cover and in order to achieve this goal the proud existing trees ofthe area need to be preserved. There is little point claiming the council is green by planting a fewshrubs and then cutting down existing fully developed trees which have a far bigger impact oncarbon absorption and general air quality. The Shannon tree up the road has a CAVAT value ofGBP 153,355 and so the loss in value in cutting down this tree can be assumed to be significant.The impact to the street will also be detrimental. Julian Road began development in the secondhalf of the 19th century and is part of a conservation area. The loss of the tree would only serve toexpose the mid-20th century buildings and distract from the heritage Victorian buildings long theroad.It is also not clear that there is any issue involving this tree that cannot be resolved by propermanagement of the tree. At the very least another tree surgeon should be consulted in order tofind the most responsible way to resolve specific issues that may or may not exist.

on 2021-04-01   OBJECT

We are concerned about the request to completely fell this beautiful Hornbeam tree onJulian Road.

The supporting documents state that the tree is not suitable for urban areas. Yet the "TheHornbeam tree, a member of the genus Carpinus, is one of the world's most popular ornamentallandscaping trees. It is a common street tree in urban areas, but is also planted in parks andsuburban spreads" as oppose to being, "totally unsuitable for urban areas" as supportingdocuments state.

The incidence of Phytophthora in Horbeams, according to the Royal Horticultural Society websiteis stated as, "Rarely affected" i.e.these plants are likely to have some degree of resistance toPhytophthora root rot. If it does become affected, treatment is straightforward..

The supporting documents state that this tree completely shades the house and front garden, as itis on the South boundary. Surely this problem could be alleviated by a much less drastic crownthinning and lift process of the tree? A sympathetic pruning of the tree is then recommended every6-10 years. It can be trimmed to any height but if left unchecked, of course, it will grow.

If the roots have caused the main water pipe to fracture in the recent past, what evidence is thereof this?

If the branches have obstructed buses in the road why has Bristol City council and/or First BusCompany not complained and insisted upon action? Again, if obstruction to buses has/is occurringthen reduction of the tree by a tree surgeon will solve this problem.

We have lived opposite for almost seventeen years and have never personally been aware of, orheard any complaints of branches from this tree falling off or causing hazard to passers by.

We would like to suggest that a Tree Preservation Order is placed on the Hornbeam in thisConservation Area and that it is then sympathetically maintained.

on 2021-04-01   OBJECT

I object to this application on behalf of myself and my family as it appears unnecessaryand approval would certainly be significantly damaging to the amenity of a conservation area.This is a very substantial and mature tree in excellent condition and one of the finest in the road.The applicant has not made a case to suggest any issues experienced with the tree cannot beadequately remedied by tree management without the need for felling. For example if anyoverhanging branches were to cause difficulty for buses they could easily be reduced. The treehas not grown substantially recently and has been mature for many years. It is unlikely thereforethat any alleged problems are a consequence of growth in recent times.It is difficult to see how approval to fell this mature and healthy tree would be compatible with thecouncil's policy to increase tree cover in the city substantially. In that regard, any value inconservation area status must be questioned if an application like this could be approved in thatcontext.

on 2021-04-01   OBJECT

We consider that felling this tree would be removing a magnificent example of a matureHornbeam which contributes significantly to the character of this part of Julian Road within theSneyd Park Conservation Area. We find it surprising that this tree has not been already subject toa TPO, when other mature trees in the road which are of similar or larger size are already coveredby TPOs, for example four trees at No. 26 and one at No 31a.We note that the application and sketch submitted by Crest Tree Services provides no report onthe condition of the tree regarding disease or risk of falling, or its likely impact on utility services tothe house. Surely felling should be a measure of last resort only if all other options have beenaddressed. Such a decision could also set a precedent for future felling applications, potentiallyincreasing the detrimental impact on the area.We would strongly support the consideration of a TPO on the tree, unless there is firm evidence ofunmanageable disease or damage.As far as we are aware, the tree has not been regularly serviced since major work was carried outabout seven years ago, and its continued growth needs controlling as it is showing strong signs ofneglect.We don't know the build date of No. 20, which is a relatively modern house, but the tree is likely tohave been planted contemporaneously with the mid 1860s Victorian houses (No.s 17 to 23)opposite. It is the fusion of the combination of the old trees and the Victorian buildings oppositethat contribute to the character of the street scene in the Conservation Area.

on 2021-04-01   OBJECT

We have only recently moved into Julian Road and one of the reasons we bought inSneyd Park was for the beautiful tree lined roads. By removing the tree there will also be reducedprivacy overlooking their property. We agree that this could start a precedent with other treesbeing removed without TPOs. We also agree that hopefully a tree surgeon would be able toimprove the light situation for the owners house and thus keep the tree.

on 2021-03-13   SUPPORT

This large tree is in my son's garden.Hornbeam trees grow to 30m and are totally unsuitable for a suburban garden. It is subject toattacks from Phytophthora.

This tree completely shades the house and front garden as it is on the South boundary.The roots have caused the main water pipe to fracture in the recent past.

The branches have obstructed buses in the road and have to be reduced regularly.Several branches have fallen off and this is a hazard to passers by and the children in the garden.to replace it with a smaller native tree