Tree Reports for Planning, Development and Construction – BS5837:2012

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What is a BS5837 Tree Report?

Our consultants can provide BS5837:2012 Tree Surveys in accordance with British Standard BS5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations.

Local authorities are now placing a much greater emphasis on the importance of trees, hedges and woodlands within the planning process and will require relevant information to support a planning application when trees, hedges or woodlands are identified within, or near to, a development site.

If you are intending to build within close proximity of trees on your development site, the local authority will now expect a professional tree survey in accordance with BS5837:2012 to be carried out and this should form an essential part of a successful planning application. It is likely that your planning application will not be validated without one.

We can liaise directly with the assigned Local Authority Tree Officer to find out exactly what documentation has been requested to help make planning consent for your development more likely.

First Steps – Pre-application Stage and Topographical Survey

We will require a topographical site plan in a DWG file that includes spot levels and positions of all trees and hedges on the site with a stem diameter of 75mm or greater. The plan will also need to plot trees with an estimated stem diameter of 75mm or more that overhang the site or are located beyond the site boundaries distance of up to 12 times their estimated stem diameter. In the case of woodlands or substantial tree groups, only individual trees with stem diameters greater than 150 mm usually need be plotted.

A topographical survey is an exercise undertaken by a land surveyor and is a detailed, accurate plan of a specific site or area of land. It will identify all relevant existing, natural and artificial features such as building, site boundaries, trees, utilities covers, site levels and many other attributes. The gathered data is usually presented on a CAD drawing.       

We always advise contacting us at the pre-application stage after a topographical survey has been carried out so that we can offer advice before your development site plans are drawn up and submitted to ensure that the plans provide minimal Arboricultural impacts from the outset. 

Where a topographical survey is not available it may be possible for us to obtain a plan of the trees on site using National Tree Map data or other methods. Please enquire for further details.

Reports and Drawings

All reports and drawings are supplied electronically in PDF and DWG format for ease of sharing. All drawings are produced in-house using AutoCAD. 

We can provide:

Tree Surveys – Initial Arboricultural Site Appraisal Reports

Tree Survey/Constraints Plans (TSP/TCP)

Tree Retention Plans (TRP)

Arboricultural Impacts/Implications Assessments (AIA)

Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS)

Tree Protection Plans (TPP)

We can also provide an Arboricultural Site Supervision and Monitoring Service for your development project once the development is underway.