Tree Preservation Orders - TPO Appeals
Tree Preservation Orders - TPO Appeals
London Tree Preservation Orders - Appeals
Tree Protection Orders TPO

London Tree Preservation Orders TPO Appeal Service

A Tree Preservation Order or TPO, is issued by local councils in order to legally protect single trees, groups of trees or woodland areas. It is a legal offence to cut down, uproot, lop, prune or top a tree with a TPO. No part of the tree, including it's roots can be wilfully damaged or destroyed without first obtaining permission from the relevant local authority.

Tree PlanTPOs are made for a variety of reasons including
  • TPOs can protect trees of any size and age
  • They do not apply to bushes or shrubs
  • A tree may be particularly beautiful
  • A tree may be a rare species
  • The tree may be hiding an eye sore
  • A tree may add to the public enjoyment of an area
  • TPOs can apply to individual trees
  • A TPO can also apply to groups of trees and woodland

What to do if a TPO Tree Requires Work?

You must apply to the local council for permission to carry out work on a tree protected by a TPO. If you are not sure if a tree is protected call the council and ask. It normally takes between 6 and 8 weeks to get permission through. A common reason for work on TPO trees is in the case of tree induced subsidence. If permission is refused you can appeal and in this case you will need a report from a professional tree consultant.

Emergency Work on a Tree with a TPO

If a tree with a TPO is dead or causing a hazard then the normal process is waived, but you must give the council five days notice of your intention to carry out the work. You can carry out work straight away if the tree is about to fall and cause death or injury to passers by. However, in both cases, you may need to justify this to the council at a later date, so a report by Ralph Skerratt, our specialist tree consultant will not go amiss. If you carry out work on a TPO tree without permission, or cause the death of a tree by, for example, causing root death by compacting the soil with a vehicle, the council may resort to legal action and fines can be as large as £20,000. You may also have to pay for a replacement tree.

Appealing Against Refusal of Permission for Work on a TPO Tree

If permission has been refused to fell, prune, or carry out other work on a tree protected with a TPO, a report from us, may be enough to overturn the councils decision. We will obtain a TPO Appeal Form from your local council and begin the process. You have a choice between a formal hearing or a written procedure. We normally recommend a written procedure because it is quicker and generally more effective.

As long as both sides agree to the written procedure, we will ask the council to provide a response to the grounds for our appeal, which must happen within 6 weeks of the letter date. Copies of all paper work are sent to the Secretary of State. Only this Government Department has the power to overturn the council's decision.

A government inspector will arrive to inspect the site and will ask any relevant questions he feels is necessary. The inspector will then make a report to the Secretary of State who will come to a decision within 4 months of the site visit. In cases which involve the felling and removal of a tree, the Secretary of State will require a replacement tree put back. This is something you should take into consideration before launching an appeal. You will need to let us know your ideas on what species of tree , it's size, and location for the appeal. Contact us for some free, friendly advce.

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