Any species of tree may be protected, either as an individual, part of a group or area of trees, or as a woodland.
General information about TPOs and trees in conservation areas
We have a legal duty to protect trees and may choose to make a TPO to:
- strengthen a condition imposed on a planning permission
- protect a tree or group of trees which are in danger of being cut down
- keep and protect woodland, trees or groups of trees which add to the appearance and character of the district
- make sure that new development takes into account the landscape setting
How we decide which trees to protect
We may identify trees:
- under threat from planning applications
- from contact with local residents
- for strategic landscape purposes.
We consider any threat and the importance of the trees before we decide whether or not to make a TPO.
What happens when we make a TPO?
When we make a TPO, it becomes effective immediately. We notify the landowners and occupiers, who are able to object to or support the order within 28 days of the TPO being served.
We will consider all of the comments we receive and, within 6 months will confirm, withdraw or amend the TPO.
Request a new TPO be made
Trees can be considered for a TPO if they are very visible from a public place, in good health and condition and under immediate threat of damage or removal.
To request a TPO to be made please complete our online form.