Application Details

Reference 21/01856/VC
Address Land At Rear Of 64 To 74 Cranbrook Road Bristol BS6 7BU  
Street View
Proposal T1 - Sycamore (12m) - Fell.
Validated 01-04-21
Type Works to Trees in Conservation Areas
Status Decided
Neighbour Consultation Expiry 03-05-21
Determination Deadline 13-05-21
Decision Preservation Order NOT REQUIRED
Decision Issued 13-05-21
BCC Planning Portal BCC Planning Portal
Public Comments Supporters: 1 Objectors: 25    Total: 26
No. of Page Views 0
Comment analysis   Date of Submission
Nearby Trees Within 200m

BTF response: OBJECT

The Applicant, according to the answer given in the Application Form, is not the owner of the subject tree. According to the Council's Application Heading on the Portal the tree is growing on a piece of land which borders Elton Road, and which contains many trees. The subject tree is the one immediately behind the rear boundary of the garden of the Applicant's property. Or - as the answer to the Tree Location question seems to say - it is on the land of 64 Cranbrook Road. Which is it?

The reason for felling this tree is not given - but in a S211 Notice the reason does not have to be given. If consent is given does the tree owner consent to the felling of the tree? If it is for the later development of the land then we shall need to remember to seek mitigation for its loss when the development application appears.

Public Comments

on 2021-05-03   OBJECT

The loss of this tree - and possibly others to follow if this application is successful -would be the loss of a community asset.We have lost a number of trees at the top end of Elton Road in recent years, mostly throughdisease. It would be a shame to take out a healthty tree which provides a natural habitat for birds,squirrels, insects etc. and helps to make the road a pleasurable place to be in. While this tree andsome others in the road are perhaps too big and unwieldly, a better solution to any problem theymight cause would be to manage them rather than cut them down altogether.

on 2021-05-02   OBJECT

I object to the proposed felling of this mature sycamore tree.

Trees are vital to urban spaces and this tree is in a Tree Conservation Area as it plays animportant role in the character of the area and particularly Elton Road. It is part of a haven for awide variety of wildlife, which is essential to maintain biodiversity that otherwise could all too easilybe lost. This sycamore also contributes to the leafy nature of the street in keeping with thesurrounding area - this significantly improves well being, which has proved vital during lockdowns.This green area is an important aspect of our road and neighbourhood and highly valued byresidents.

This sycamore is part of a group of mature trees that help to reduce air and noise pollution fromtraffic on Cranbook Road as well as Elton Road. Importantly trees are also critical to help mitigateagainst climate change and we certainly do not want to fell mature trees in cities.

This tree should not be felled but regularly maintained, pollarded and pruned to reduce anypotentially dangerous overhanging sections.

The tree also seems to be on common rather private land.

on 2021-05-02   OBJECT

The tree looks healthy. Although it may need maintaining I am concerned about loss ofthe tree and the loss of natural habitat for the wild life that these mature trees support.On a daily basis I see wildlife such as Long Tails Tits, Great Tits Finches, Crows and WoodPigeons use these trees to nest and feed.This corridor of trees give an important corridor of wildlife habitat to the area and I feel that thetrees should be protected.

on 2021-05-01   OBJECT

If possible, this tree should be kept. It is a mature tree, of great value to theenvironment.

A tree surgeon should be able to prune the tree so that it no longer overhangs the applicant'sgarden, thus making it unnecessary to fell the tree.

on 2021-04-29   OBJECT

It would be a pity to lose another tree from the small strip of land that borders CranbrookRoad and Elton Road. At this time of year the trees are an oasis for the many birds who nest in thetrees. We have robins, blackbirds, blue tits, long tailed tits, jays and a family of crows who haveset up home in one of the mature trees immediately behind this property. Perhaps a suitablecompromise might be for some careful, supervised, tree maintainence, which would not involvefelling the whole tree.

on 2021-04-28   OBJECT

I don't agree with felling this tree. What is the point of a tree conservation area if youdon't conserve the trees?! The land following the river supports a beautiful strip of variednature/wildlife including many nesting birds in a central urban area which is incredibly valuable. Isuggest they consider thinning the branches a little as my neighbors at 34 Cranbrook did with thesupport of a trained tree surgeon.

on 2021-04-27   SUPPORT

I agree that as a general rule trees should not be felled.

However all applications have to be considered on their merits. A blanket denial of all applicationsignores the issue of tree management, but what is more to the point the local authority would befettering its discretion which is unlawful.

The applicant refers to shading of his premises by the tree in question and is offering to replace itwith another. To date the objections to the application do not mention these factors.

Having looked at the site, the overall lack of tree management is fairly obvious.

The application seems reasonable in the light of the applicant's stated reasons.

on 2021-04-27   OBJECT

I agree that as a general rule trees should not be felled.

I thought when first reading the Planning Application Form that it was intended to replace the tree;viewing the site from Elton Road there is a tree which appears to reduce light into the applicant'sproperty.

If however the Applicant simply wishes to fell the tree with no reason given, and then not replaceit, I would object to this rather than as previously support the Application because of mymisreading of the terms of the Application.

on 2021-04-26   OBJECT

I object to the proposed felling of the mature sycamore tree for the following reasons:

1. The application provides no justifying reason for the removal of a mature, healthy tree that hastaken many years to grow to its current size, and which now provides a significant, positive featurewithin this part of the East Redland Character Area (8).

2. The tree, as part of a larger group of trees, provides a positive amenity value to the verdantcharacter of the conservation area, contributing to the dense canopy cover over this exposedsection of the Cranbrook stream.

3. The tree makes an important contribution to wider environmental benefits:a) It supports biodiversity, including birds, bats and small mammals, providing both habitat and anarboreal wildlife corridor.b) It may mitigate flooding and resulting soil erosion in this Zone 3 flood risk area.c) It mitigates pollution and traffic noise from the busy Cranbrook Road.d) Along with all healthy trees, this tree supports the City of Bristol's objective to be anenvironmentally green city, with better air quality and lower net CO2 emissions.

4. It is important to establish that these wonderful trees along the brook, which the localcommunity have enjoyed for generations, do not belong to the owners of the houses on CranbrookRoad. As I understand it, their property rights end at the south bank of the Cran brook. This treeand its neighbours grow to the north of the stream. These trees should not be cut down (withoutvery good reason) at the request of people who do not own the ground the trees grow in and whothemselves may not live locally. If not already in place, a preservation order should be placed onthese trees to prevent their loss.

on 2021-04-26   OBJECT

The reason for felling this mature tree is not clear. In such a built up area mature treesare vital for the reasons below

Air quality - evidence suggests that these mature trees improve the quality of the air we breatheWildlife - the tree falls on a small but important wildlife corridor along Cranbrook where a series ofmature trees can be found. These trees support a wide range of birds and other wildlife .Noise - mature trees soften the city noise creating a more pleasant environmentWell-being - as is clear from the number of comments residents really want green space and infact need green space to thrive. We are lucky in the area to have these mature trees I certainly donot want to see them slowly disappear.

on 2021-04-24   OBJECT

Proposed works are subject to the Bristol Core Strategy (Adopted 2011) BCS9 GreenInfrastructure and BCS22 Conservation Areas. Also, Cotham & Redland Conservation AreaCharacter Appraisal & Management Proposals (September 2011).

I object to the proposed felling of the mature sycamore tree on the basis that:

1. Application is not supported by any rationale justifying the removal of the existing matureSycamore tree which is currently in a good state of health and a significant feature within this partof the East Redland Character Area (8).

2. The tree provides a positive amenity value to the verdant character of the conservation areaand reinforce the existing dense linear canopy cover along this short exposed section of theCranbrook stream.

3. The tree makes an important contribution to wider environmental benefits:- supports biodiversity (birds, bats, small mammals);- mitigates pollution and traffic noise from Cranbrook Road and;- potentially mitigates flooding in this Zone 3 flood risk area.

Addditionally I would be grateful if you could confirm that the correct Certificate of Ownership andAgricultural Land declaration was submitted with this application, as the tree does not fall withinthe private ownership of 64 Cranbrook Road and is located within an area of unregistered land ofunknown ownership.

on 2021-04-23   OBJECT

These trees are beautiful and provide a green corridor . They are an asset to theneighbourhood, full of nesting birds and assist with cutting pollution. I strongly oppose thisapplication to fell any of them. I asume they are protected by a tree preservation order as they arein a conservation order. They certainly should be.. I'd say they should be managed to ensure theyare healthy and safe for the community whilst understanding that the council is under budgetryconstraints.

on 2021-04-23   OBJECT

This is my second comment, made because a resident has got in touch with the TreeForum to answer a question I posed - where exactly is the tree growing because the ApplicationForm gives the location as 64 Cranbrook Road and the Portal says it is on land behind a wholerow of houses? The residents of Elton Road, many of who have now objected to the loss of thistree, say the tree is not growing on the Applicant's land. That then raises the question - werepermission to fell be granted - would the Applicant have the consent of the tree owner to fell thetree? To fell a tree without the owner's consent is criminal damage. It is clear from the commentsthat these trees are, individually and as a group, very important for the local residents. Certainly anarea like this full of trees is a very important visual amenity, and very important for the localenvironment in ever so many ways in this time of a climate emergency.

on 2021-04-23   OBJECT

These trees form a green lane along the Cranbrook. Important for urban wildlife andmake a diverse habitat.The trees give O2 and pick up CO2 which can only be good for us and the local population.The trees give a leafy ambiance to the street which is so good for our metal wellbeing.

on 2021-04-23   OBJECT

I object.

Healthy trees should not be felled in a tree conservation area. There is plenty of wildlife thatbenefit from it.The tree provides much wanted greenery to the street and gives privacy and noise reduction to theresidents living directly by it.It helps clean the air from the pollution.

Since a neighbour recently cut down a large tree, I immediately noticed how much less bird songand squirrels there are plus I have no shelter from the sun anymore and sorely miss seeing theleafy branches.

Ironically it was Earth Day yesterday, one of their statements " A healthy planet is not an option - itis a necessity"

on 2021-04-23   OBJECT

I strongly object to this application as the tree under threat is a haven for wildlife( thereare birds nesting in it now).This tree forms part of a green corridor which provides habitat forwildlife including numerous birds. As well as common birds I have seen woodpeckers, jays andlong tail tits as well as the occasional owl. The tree also helps to absorb air pollution which is aproblem in this area. The tree is healthy and not diseased and is part of a group of trees providingmuch needed nature and beauty in the city. In my opinion all the trees in thisConservation Area should be protected by TPO.

on 2021-04-22   OBJECT

The large trees between Cranbrook Road and Elton Road provide multiple advantagesand should be protected. They are a haven for wildlife; a source of beauty and well-being forpeople and a vital part of carbon reduction, in an area that is densely populated. I strongly objectto this tree being felled. Only this week, the Woodland Trust has published new evidence callingfor the protection and planting of trees.

on 2021-04-22   OBJECT

Trees need to be preserved in order to maintain wildlife, privacy and absorption ofpollutants.

on 2021-04-22   OBJECT

This is one of a line of trees so should not be viewed in isolation. These trees are criticalfor local wildlife, have an important impact on carbon reduction, and are a very attractive feature inthis densely populated street. I object very strongly to the proposal that this tree is felled and theinformation in the application does not provide any adequate rationale for the proposal.

on 2021-04-22   OBJECT

1. The Cranbrook and adjacent trees forms an important wildlife corridor. A number ofbirds including grey wagtail, long- tailed tit, blackcap, and numerous other garden birds use thisland for foraging, nesting and shelter. It is important to retain these larger trees as part of theoverall ecosystem and ensure no biodiversity loss.2. The sycamores provide a screen for the householders on Elton Road from the houses onCranbrook Road, several of which are multiple occupancy. Noise can be a significant issue forneighbours well-being and felling the trees would make noise pollution worse.3. Air pollution is high in this area and the sycamore trees help mitigate this by absorbingpollutants.4. Urban trees such as these sycamores contribute to tackling the climate crisis by absorbingcarbon. They also provide shade and help to contribute towards cooling when temperatures arehigh.The overall benefits and value of these trees to the wider community, Bristol's biodiversity, airquality and climate should be considered when assessing this application. Trees should not beremoved for the benefit of individuals at the expense of wider society.

on 2021-04-22   OBJECT

I object to this tree being felled. This is a wildlife corridor that runs alongside EltonRoad. We have many nesting birds and small mammals who depend on this area. These animalsare incredibly important to the area. As we are in the grip of a climate emergency, which Bristolhad signed up to, we should not be cutting down trees which help. Particularly on a road like EltonRoad which has illegally high levels of air pollution.From an aesthetic perspective the trees are important to maintain the leafy look of the street.The tree is also not in anyone's garden but on what I believe to be public land.

on 2021-04-22   OBJECT

I object to this in the strongest terms. We should not be felling healthy trees in a treeconservation area - especially when the reasons given are so poor. Lack of amenity for a humangarden is amenity for wildlife as a corridor alongside the brook. Trees are also a precious resourcefor protection against air pollution. In addition the tree is not even on the applicants land so howcan an application be made in the first place? There is a big concern that this will set a precedentfor all the other trees along the brook and at the end of Elton Rd. Bristol City Council already has apoor record of protecting trees such as the M32 Maples and the Ashley Down Oak - this iscompletely unacceptable.

on 2021-04-22   OBJECT

I object to this in the strongest terms. We should not be felling healthy trees in a treeconservation area - especially when the reasons given are so poor. Lack of amenity for a humangarden is amenity for wildlife as a corridor alongside the brook. Trees are also a precious resourcefor protection against air pollution. In addition the tree is not even on the applicants land so howcan an application be made in the first place? There is a big concern that this will set a precedentfor all the other trees along the brook and at the end of Elton Rd. Bristol City Council already has apoor record of protecting trees such as the M32 Maples and the Ashley Down Oak - this iscompletely unacceptable.

on 2021-04-22   OBJECT

The trees on that section of Elton Road are of significant environmental benefit, provideprivacy to my home and help to reduce to reduce noise from traffic at Cranbrook Road and themulti occupancy buildings. I strongly object to the felling of the Sycamore tree.

on 2021-04-22   OBJECT

I wish to object to the felling of the proposed tree on the following grounds:- The tree is located in a flood zone and a drainage discharge zone. Trees provide well-documented benefits in mitigating the risks of flooding.- The tree provides high amenity value to local residents in that it is highly visible to the public andin that contributes positively to the streetscape by being part of a screen between Elton Road andthe rear of the properties on Cranbrook road.- The tree is in a conservation area and creates a habitat for wildlife such as birds.- The tree offers residents in its proximity privacy and reduces noise travel.- The tree will be playing a part in mitigating pollution and improving air quality.

on 2021-04-21   OBJECT

The Applicant, according to the answer given in the Application Form, is not the ownerof the subject tree. According to the Council's Application Heading on the Portal the tree isgrowing on a piece of land which borders Elton Road, and which contains many trees. The subjecttree is the one immediately behind the rear boundary of the garden of the Applicant's property. Or- as the answer to the Tree Location question seems to say - it is on the land of 64 CranbrookRoad. Which is it?The reason for felling this tree is not given - but in a S211 Notice the reason does not have to begiven. If consent is given does the tree owner consent to the felling of the tree? If it is for the laterdevelopment of the land then we shall need to remember to seek mitigation for its loss when thedevelopment application appears.