Arboricultural Method Statements
Arboricultural Method Statements
Method Statement in Relation to Trees on Construction and Property Development Sites

Construction Site Method Statements in Relation to Trees

Raphael Skerratt produces Method Statements for the protection of important trees on construction and property development sites. Method statements are, more often than not, a requirement for planning applications and can also be of great benefit in any planning appeals process. A professionally produced BS5837 method statement will be cost effective as it will speed up the planning process and may highlight future potential problems concerning the trees and the design meaning that expensive last minute changes to the project are avoided.

Planning PermissionAn important aspect of the the method statement is a schedule detailing when and how building work next to trees should be conducted.

Included in the Method Statement is -

  • A time table for all necessary Tree Surgery
  • Specifications of Tree Protection Zones (TPZ)
  • Surface and Level Changes are detailed
  • Trench Excavation and Root Protection
  • Storage of Materials, Gas Bottles and Chemicals
  • Emergency Plans for collision, spills and access to TPZs
  • Specifications for hard and soft landscaping near trees
  • Procedures for the storage and Planting of Trees
  • Contact List of all consultants working on the project
  • An estimate of the quantities and costs of required materials

Additionally, the Local Planning Authority may ask for Arboricultural Site Supervision as part of the process. We definitely recommend this on larger sites to ensure that all planning permission requirements are adhered to. Failure to comply may lead to costly fines and litigation through the courts. See our Legal Judgments page for examples.

We have been producing reports and surveys for architects, property developers, land owners and local councils for over 30 years and have many, many delighted clients.

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