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Trees in a Conservation Area – what you can and can’t do

Tree preservation orders (TPO)

Where a tree is covered by a TPO anything but the most immaterial works must approved by HDC before any action is taken. Unapproved action to deliberately destroy a protected tree, or damage it in a manner likely to destroy it could be subject to an unlimited fine with other offences subject to fines of up to £2,500. Details of trees protected by TPOs can be obtained from HDC and are also recorded at HM Land Registry. During the sale of a property with protected trees, the purchaser should be notified of such during the conveyancing procedure.

 

Trees in Conservation areas

Normal TPO procedures apply if a tree in a conservation area is already protected by a tree preservation order but all trees within a conservation area are afforded a measure of protection.. If a tree in a conservation area is not covered by an order, HDC have to be given written notice (by letter or email) of the proposed work describing what is intended at least six weeks before the work starts. This gives them an opportunity to consider protecting the tree with a tree preservation order. HDC can object formally by making a TPO on the tree(s) concerned. However, in many cases, where HDC feels that the works are inappropriate, alternative works may be discussed. If no decision is received within six weeks of the notice then the works which were notified can be carried out but no more. If a TPO is made this will prevent any works without making an application for consent. The penalties for carrying out any properly unauthorised works are the same as for TPO protected trees.

Notice of intended works is not required for a tree in a conservation area which less than 7.5 centimetres in diameter, measured 1.5 metres above the ground (or 10 centimetres if thinning to help the growth of other trees).

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Other

The owner of the land on which hedges and trees are planted is responsible for their trimming and maintenance. In areas of dispute for land abutting the public highway, you may have to resort to Highways Authority, i.e., Cambridgeshire County Council for enforcement.  The process in this instance is:

  • Cambs CC write a polite letter to the landowners asking for the hedges to be maintained;
  • If no reply within four weeks, Cambs CC write a less polite letter;
  • If no reply to the letter at stage (b) within four weeks,  Cambs CC write a further less polite letter setting out their enforcement options, i.e., that they will carry out the work and charge the landowner;
  • If no reply to the letter at stage (c) within four weeks, Cambs CC will proceed to have the works done.

More information can be found here on the Hunts DC website.

 

Cotton Farm Wind Farm Update

The wind farm is now fully operational so the old Action Group has been disbanded but has been replaced by a new residents association with the principal purpose of protecting the interests of residents of the five villages suffering from noise, flicker, etc.

Cotton Farm Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund – Grant Panel selection notes

Click here for the criteria

Trial delivery to Cotton Farm Wind Farm – Oct 18th

Please click here to read advice notice from Renerco for a dummy run w/c Oct 15th prior to delivery of turbines commencing end Oct 2012.

Link to Renerco’s website here

Diamond Jubilee Bench

Parish Councillors mark the installation of the Jubilee Bench

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, a commemorative bench has been erected on the site of the old Village Institute for the use of all residents to enjoy the view, have a rest or sit and chat.

The small parcel of land is owned by the Parish Council and is situated in the centre of the village by the small white footbridge over the stream. The Institute was established at the time of the First World War for young men in the village to meet and play cards.

After the Institute building fell into disuse and was removed, a bench was erected on the same site, so the re-establishment of the seat in this tranquil spot represents a closing of a historical circle, while serving as a lasting reminder of the Queen’s 60 years as monarch.

1000 bluebells have been planted around the bench to enhance the spot further with a vibrant display each spring.