Our duties and responsibilities in relation to trees and planning come from policy, standards, guidance and legislation produced by central and local government. This includes:
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
The National Planning Policy Framework acts as guidance for local planning authorities and decision-takers, both in drawing up plans and making decisions about planning applications. This also includes how trees should be considered in relation to planning.
Town & Country Planning Act (1990)
Under the Town and Country Planning Act the Council is obliged to consider trees as a material consideration and may make provision through planning conditions for the preservation or planting of trees when determining planning applications. The Act also gives the Council powers to protect trees through the imposition of Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) where it is considered expedient in the interests of amenity.
Under Part II of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 the Council is required to consider notices for works to trees where they grow in Conservation Areas and take appropriate action through the imposition of TPOs if it is considered expedient.
The Government's Planning Practice Guidance specifically examines the legislation around the Town & Country Planning Act governing Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas.
Elmbridge Local Plan Core Strategy and Development Management Plan
This provides policies for trees and green infrastructure in planning future development in the Borough.
Below are links to organisations that provide advice on trees and tree care.