Trees and Development
Trees are a vital and integral component of the built environment, adding variety and structural diversity and softening the visual impact of buildings and hard surfaces.
By enriching our surroundings and creating a more aesthetically pleasing living environment, trees are instrumental in enhancing our quality of life.
Apart from their visual amenity value, trees provide shade, help to absorb noise and provide a habitat for wildlife.
The more general environmental benefits of trees include the filtering of air borne pollutants and the net production of oxygen.
When considering proposals for development it is important to take into account the effect such proposals may have on trees growing on and in the vicinity of the site, and to explore the opportunities for new planting.
All trees, regardless of their protected status, can be a material consideration in the planning process.
The retention and enhancement of appropriate trees and greenery within the Malvern Hills District during development is embedded in both law and policy guidance.
- Town and Country Planning Act (1990)
- British Standard BS 5837 (2012) - Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction
- National House Building Council (NHBC) Standards; Buildings near Trees Chapter 4.2
- NJUG Publication No. 10. Guidelines for the Planning, Installation and Maintenance of Utility Services in proximity to trees
- AAIS Arboricultural Practice Note 1 1996 produced by Tree Advice Trust
- Malvern Hills District Council Local Plan (1996-2011) (notably policies DS3 e and h, QL7 d, QL19, QL21 andQL22)
- Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (2006)
- National Planning Policy Framework
- South Worcestershire Development Plan
The British Standard BS 5837 (2012) provides a framework for the interaction between trees and development.