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Development Reports

Having strong associations with the construction industry; arboriculture works with surveyors, developers, architects, and planners to enable a suitable design and well planned developments.

We offer advice to anyone who has a view to develop land where trees are present, whether it is for a prospective buyer of a piece of land, or for an extension to a home or a new multi-storey development. It is so important to undertake the preparations in the right order to increase chances of success with a planning application.

All our tree reports are compliant with the current British Standards: BS 5837: 2012 – Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations, and BS 3998: 2010 – Tree Work – Recommendations as standard.

BS 5837:2012 states that the tree report should be produced prior to a design being developed by you and your designer. This is so that the Local Planning Authority (LPA) will be able to discern that material consideration has been given to the trees and tree retention on the site, and therefore screening and social/amenity benefits are optimised.

Pre-development report

The Local Planning Authority expects to receive at least one report in relation to a prospective development: the first report is known as a Pre-development report or Tree constraints report. It aims to recognise and identify the condition of the trees on, and adjacent to the site. It is essential to include all trees that are close enough to the area of development, and also those close to areas required for storing materials and site access during the process.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) – We produce tree reports from CAD topographical plans and annotate them (in accordance with BS 5837) in readiness for the use by the designer showing the rooting areas, shading of the trees, as well as retention category of each tree. The designer can then produce a plan taking this into account.

A CAD Plan showing trees with root protection areas, canopy spread and labeling in line with the current British Standard 5837.

We use CAD for all our plans



Arboricultural Impact Assessment

The second stage is for an Arboricultural impact assessment report to be produced; this overlays the design on the annotated tree plan using CAD software.

We then assess the impact of the development upon the trees. It is at this stage that we work closely with the parties involved such as you and the designer, in order to resolve any foreseeable issues to the best of our ability and prior to the production of the final Arboricultural impact assessment report and the submission of the planning application to the Local Planning Authority.

A large tree in a park setting, showing the use of careful design to help retain trees during development.

Enhance your landscape by protecting trees and carefully incorporating them in to the design.



Arboricultural Method Statement

The Arboricultural method statement details how the trees will be safeguarded throughout the development process, and in what order the measures will be implemented. It is an extremely useful document for site operatives to refer to, and is part of the essential documentation for all staff on site to work from. Compliance with this document is essential throughout to avoid breaches in Planning Consent.

A tree close to the boundary of a church with roots exposed through excavation. The roots have not been protected adequately and the retention of the tree is now an issue.

We were called in to assess the safety of the trees as there were no protection measures put in place before construction works started installing an access ramp to a Church.

Monitoring and Site Supervision

An additional service that we offer is monitoring and site supervision; this is particularly useful to satisfy a planning condition where you are required to ensure that the trees remain safe and works around them is in accordance with safe practice.


How much will it cost in total?

Our aim is for high quality work at a competitive price.

Each survey varies in cost depending upon how many trees will be included, and the complexity of the project.

Contact us: by calling 07914 448 477, by emailing us using the contact form or at: [email protected]

We will be happy to discuss your requirements and arrange a site visit in order to provide a quotation. We are based in Yorkshire but cater for the UK.