3rd April 2018
ATF/WT joint response to the consultation on revision to Planning Law in Wales
Below is ATF/WT joint response to the consultation on revision to Planning Law in Wales Chapter 15 of Planning Law In Wales – Works to Protected Trees . These proposals follow on from the recommendations of a ‘Task and finish Group’ set up to look especially at the protection of ancient, veteran and heritage trees on which both ATF and WT were represented and made strong representation to make key changes which have prevented the protection of veteran trees.
The consultation contains some very welcome proposed changes which we have been campaigning for including widening the definition of ‘amenity’ in grounds for making Tpo’s and amending exemptions for the need for consent so that the only exemption would be for ‘works urgently necessary to remove an immediate risk of serious harm….’. Other changes such as the proposal only to be able to use the ‘area’ designation for a short period we have opposed as it has value for areas such as wood pasture. But we have also asked that a specific designation be created for wood pasture and parkland which are types of ancient woodland but their distinct values, features and management needs differ from other woodland.18-03-16-Planning-Law-in-Wales-FINAL-1-1.pdf (130 downloads)