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, filter airborne pollutants, reduce surface water flooding, absorb carbon dioxide, enhance both urban and rural landscapes and provide habitat for wildlife.
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)
- Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (2006)
- National Planning Policy Framework
- South Worcestershire Development Plan
BS 5837 (2012) – Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction provides a framework for the interaction between trees and development.
Further information relating to trees
Chris Lewis-Farley (Landscape Officer)
Telephone: 01684 862407