BS 5837

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BS 5837 Pre Development Survey, Arboricultural Implications Assessment, Constraints Plan, Tree Protection Plan and Arboricultural Method Statement.


The above are some of the documents required by planners before building permission is granted for development or any proposed construction including driveways, extensions and conservatories.


It is often a question of the chicken or the egg? Before committing money to the purchase of land or architectural plans it may be wise to get a Pre Development Tree Survey to BS 5837 done first. (If you have trees at or near the boundary of your property the council will request a survey in any case.) The survey will provide data of the tree height, tree diameter, Root Protection Areas (RPA), crown spread, height of the lowest limb, tree vigour, life expectency, age, structural condition and retention category with full recommendations.


The data is illustrated on a plan showing construction exclusion areas within the RPA. The buildings can then be planned around these areas without the need for method statements and further solutions to be prepared at further expense to the client. These documents will give an indication as to the suitability of development with the trees present.


We strongly recommend mapping the RPA out first. This can save time and money and avoid the inconvenience of being requested to move or modify your planned buiildings to avoid the RPA to conform with BS 5837 and building regulations.


In the event that a building modification is not viable we will design a solution to service the development around and within the RPA in harmony with BS 5837.


During an application pending approval the following documents will need to go before the planners for their inspection to assist in their descision.

Pre development surveys,

Arboricultural Implications Assessment,

Tree Constraints Plan / Tree Protection Plan,

Planting strategy

Arboricultural Method Statements and Development Tree Reports

All documents are carried out to BS 5837 specifications.


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