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STAFFORDSHIRE: Trees protected from the chop

STAFFORDSHIRE: Trees protected from the chop

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Three trees have been given council protection on North Staffordshire land earmarked for 11 new bungalows.

Detailed proposals for the land at Stone Road, Hill Chorlton, indicated two Scots pine trees were set to be chopped down.

But Newcastle Borough Council’s planning committee has now confirmed a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) to protect the pair, as well as a mature oak tree.

Outline planning permission was granted in 2019 for demolition of existing buildings and construction of a replacement farmhouse and 11 bungalows on the land at Croft Farm.

A report to the planning committee said: “A planning appeal was allowed (and) this included the retention of the three trees. The subsequent application for reserved matters showed the two pine trees to be removed.

“This lead to concern that the trees could be felled. They are considered to be in reasonable health, visually significant and an amenity to the locality, with the prospect of continuing to provide this for many years.

“They are mature trees located in the north eastern corner of the property.

“They are the only substantial trees in the immediate area and are visible from Stone Road, Sandy Lane and Moss Lane, and will be visible from the roads within the site when it is developed.

“They are an important feature to the locality and provide a significant contribution to the area. Their loss would have a detrimental effect on the visual amenity, not only of the site but also to the locality.”

The reserved matters application, submitted at the start of 20121, was withdrawn in March.

Two people wrote to the council to support the Tree Preservation Order.

At the latest planning committee meeting members also confirmed a TPO to protect a lime tree at Sandy Lane, Newcastle.

The report said: “It is a mature lime tree and clearly visible from Sandy Lane.

“The tree is a significant feature to the locality and provides an important contribution to the area. Its loss would have a detrimental effect on the visual amenity, not only of the site but also to the locality.

“A tree status enquiry was received by the council from the owner of the property stating the intention to remove the tree due to its location, vehicle access when entering and leaving the property and root growth causing uneven drive surface.

“The making of the order will not prevent the owner from carrying out good management of the tree, and it will give the council the opportunity to control the works and prevent unnecessary cutting down, lopping, topping, uprooting, wilful damage or wilful destruction.

“The owner will be able to apply for permission to carry out maintenance work to the tree which is necessary to safely manage it.”

Words: Kerry Ashdown, Local Democracy Reporter

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