|Address||35 Durdham Park Bristol BS6 6XF
|Proposal||Lime (C on plan) - Fell.|
|Type||Works to Trees in Conservation Areas|
|Neighbour Consultation Expiry||19-05-21|
|Decision||Preservation Order NOT REQUIRED|
|BCC Planning Portal||BCC Planning Portal|
|Public Comments||Supporters: 0 Objectors: 1 Total: 1|
|No. of Page Views||0|
|Comment analysis||Date of Submission|
|Nearby Trees||Within 200m|
Recommendation submitted 19-05-21
The reasons given for the proposed tree work in a conservation area are not supported by the evidence. I have closely examined the wall supposedly suffering damage, and there is none as far as I can determine. There are no cracks and no crumbling masonry. Indeed, there is a gap between the tree and the undamaged wall. The applicants have provided no evidence or structural report of the damage. The post box is fully 4 metres from this modestly sized tree and is not under any threat of damage. I suspect that this tree is an inconvenience rather than a genuine problem. Unless clear evidence of the alleged damage is provided, this application should be refused on the basis that it is sited in a conservation area and to remove it would be contrary to planning policy protecting green infrastructure, as well as the Council's declarations on climate and ecology, and its commitment to doubling the tree canopy.
The tree itself is a mature, heavily pollarded lime tree. It provides significant visual amenity to neighbours and the many pedestrians using the crossing point from Durdham Park to the Downs. Though small in stature, due to the pollarding, this tree contributes significantly to the character of the area. Being mature and with vigorous foliage it provides valuable habitat for wildlife, in particular nesting birds and mammals, in particular as part of the wildlife corridor from the Downs into Redland.
As well as being in a conservation area, the tree is sited in the West of England Nature Partnerships nature recovery network, being part of the Woodland Strategic Network (https://awt.maps.arcgis.com/