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Tree preservation orders?

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eastern | 00:13 Tue 31st Jan 2012 | Law
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Does anyone know anything at all about "tree preservation orders". Basically how do you go about getting one? Is it difficult/expensive. The reason is our local council have set up a flood programme which is so fundamentally flawed it's laughable. Part of this programme apparently involves them chopping down all the trees in our park that get in their way, some of them are a 100 years old. Oh and it's in Scotland if that makes any difference.

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The general principle by which this operates is described here (it is similar in Scotland - allegedly).
http://www.onlineplan...eservation_orders.php
You will note that it is the local authority itself that decides whether a tree or trees are worth preserving - often as a condition of a planning consent that might threaten them.
You don't unfortunately say very much of an objective nature about your local council's flood defence programme ('laughable' is rather subjective) - but I'd be inclinded to research the project that they have announced - it must be been the subject of an Environmental Impact Assessment to have got this way - that's the way to try and get it overturned - not via a few random TPOs.
It is the Council who decides when to make a Tree Preservation Order and they are made on trees on private, not Council-owned land. Could we have some more information about your scenario to try to advise you best?

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