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Order set to save woodland from the chop

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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AN application to chop down a substantial area of woodland in South Derbyshire and set aside the site for development is set to be refused.

South Derbyshire District Council has announced its intention to impose a tree preservation order (TPO) to safeguard The Woodlands, off Cadley Hill Road, in Church Gresley, which is made up of mainly ash and oak trees.

The council’s planning committee has moved to protect the trees after receiving an application to develop the land they sit on – which would see the trees ripped out.

The council believes the trees are in good condition and would be a loss to the area.

A report from the council’s planning committee into the matter stated: “The TPO was made at the request of the area planning officer following the receipt of a preliminary enquiry to develop the site of The Woodlands, in Cadley Hill Road.

“The trees are generally in good condition and have a high degree of amenity value due to their prominent location bounding a main junction.

“The trees contribute substantially to the character of the street scene.”

The applicant wishing to develop the site has objected to the council’s attempts to block the plans on the grounds that a tree preservation order shouldn’t be used to prevent development from taking place.

However, the council insisted its intention was simply to save the trees from the axe rather than stave off any development plans.

It said the trees were ‘visually important’ and ‘enhance the environment and character’ of the area and were to the benefit of the community.

The report said: ‘The making of the TPO was not proposed to sterilise the land from development. It has been done to protect the large area of trees that were under threat from potential harm due to the receipt of the preliminary enquiry’.

The council’s planning committee has recommended that the tree preservation order be imposed and will formally make a decision at its next meeting on January 22.

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