5 Reasons To Get An Arboriculturalist Survey
An arboricultural report will highlight whether or not trees will potentially constrain a proposed development and will also identify any protected or diseased trees in an area.
The information contained in a tree survey report can be used in the design and planning stages and help support any planning application that is made. A tree report carried out by an expert Arboricultural Consultant is not just essential in any new build or renovation work, but can also be carried out for health and safety reasons, or to help with insurance and mortgage conditions for homeowners.
Reasons to get an Arboriculturalist survey:
Here are 5 reasons why it is wise to get an expert arboriculturalist tree survey:
- Saves time and money – A tree survey carried out by an arboriculturist at an early stage can ensure time and money is not being wasted on development which is unlikely to receive planning consent because of significant tree issues. By highlighting the tree-related changes that might need to be made to an application can increase its chances of success, therefore ensuring time and money has not been not wasted on what would have been a failed planning applications.
- Allows assessment of trees to be retained at the planning stage – Usually following a topographical survey, a tree survey will generate a layout of the trees on site and their recommended retention or removal. This plan can be used by a landscape designer who can generate designs based on the tree survey and integrate those trees that are being retained (or have to be retained by law). This means that the trees will form part of the overall design rather than being added late in the planning and appearing merely as an afterthought.
- Highlights hazardous trees – An arboriculturalist report can also point out any trees that are potentially hazardous, say for example if the tree is suffering from fungal decay or the roots are not particularly secure. In these sorts of cases a tree survey will highlight those trees which could pose a risk, especially in high winds, and their removal will usually be recommended.
- Identifies subsidence to existing buildings – An arboricultural survey does not always relate to future developments but can also look at existing ones. A survey can investigate whether tree roots are affecting the structural integrity of a building. Well established trees can affect the foundation of buildings leading to often costly damage, including subsidence which could require lengthy remedial work.
- Can be required by law – In some circumstances, a tree survey can be mandatory, in order to prevent a protected tree from being cut down. For example, for a new development, a survey is required of all trees on the site and within 12 metres of the site boundary. Not doing so and then cutting down a tree which is within a Conservation Area or the subject of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) could potentially lead to a prosecution.
Here at Indigo Surveys, we are able to advise on a range of arboricultural surveys which can help inform and support any planning or even mortgage application you might make. We can provide:
- survey option for your site
- details on tree survey costs
- answers to various key questions about how tree surveys work