Hedgerow Removal Notices (HRNs) and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
An application for a HRN is required prior to the removal of all, or part of a hedgerow, that is covered by the Hedgerow Regulations 1997. A hedgerow that is defined as an ‘important hedgerow’ under the regulations will require justification from the applicant as to why the hedgerow should be/needs to be removed. There are some exceptions to the regulations where certain works are permitted. However these require specific justification.
A TPO prohibits cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilful damage and wilful destruction of trees without the Local Planning Authority’s written consent. The requirement for prior consent includes diseased and/or dying trees. If a tree or part of a tree is completely dead or poses an immediate risk to people or property a 5-day notice for emergency works can be submitted.
A TPO can be placed on a tree within a hedgerow or an old hedge which has become a line of trees. There is an obligation to notify landowners when a TPO is made and there is a process for challenging them in appropriate circumstances.
We offer preparation and submission of applications for HRNs and/or TPOs. We can also assist in assessing whether all, or part of a hedgerow, comes within the criteria set out in the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 and advice on potential challenges to new TPOs.
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