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176 year old Redwood tree with TPO felled “by accident”

A 176-year-old Redwood has been accidentally cut down by Enzo Homes who were building properties next to Penllergare woodland. It is thought that it was first planted in 1842, which would make it one of Britains oldest. Enzo Homes claim the tree was not marked up properly which resulted in the accidental felling of the tree. The tree had a Tree Preservation Order in place. It is said that the tree was of visual and scientific importance Making it a Grade II Listed Heritage Tree, which can be compared to a Grade II Listed Building. Swansea council and Natural Resources Wales said they are continuing to investigate and assess what action could be taken over the giant redwood.

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is made by the local planning authority with the aim of protecting specific trees or groups of trees. This can be due to a number of factors including their location, their amenity value or the fact they are a rare or particularly good specimen. Click here to find out more.

How we can help?

We can conduct Tree Preservation Order applications, searches and appeals on your behalf. Upon your initial contact, our expert consultants will be able to provide you with any advice you may need and provide you with a quote for the works. You will be required to provide us with information regarding the tree, including the location and any planned activities that affect it. We may request that our consultant comes out and inspects the tree in order to get all of the details required for the application, search or appeal.

Upon receipt of all of the information regarding the tree and any intended developments, our expert consultants will consider whether an argument will be required and how that argument will be framed. This will be done in discussion with yourselves to ensure that all requirements are included and that the argument made is completely in line with the developments intended.

The TPO application, search or appeal will then be put together on your behalf and submitted to the local planning authority. Upon submission to the planning authority, the process can take 6 weeks or more.

Once we receive a response, we will report directly back to yourselves – providing you with a copy of the written permissions along with any stipulations that have been made so that you can feed this back to your own client and incorporate it into your own documentation.

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