Tree Report For Planning: A Quick Guide For Property Developers

Tree report for planning is a requirement that all property developers need to consider before putting forth any proposals to a local planning authority. This is because of the requirements placed on such authorities by the Town and County Planning Act (1990). This Act makes it so planning authorities must consider the impact development proposals may have on trees within proximity of a planned site.

A tree report that is in line with British Standard BS5837:2012 is essential as part of any planning process. A requirement of adherence to this standard means that developers need to seek arboricultural advice at the onset of any potential development; as well as throughout the whole development process. When it comes to pre-planning of a developmental site, a tree survey forms part of this process. Trees that are perceived to be a danger or have a short life expectancy are usually recommended to be removed. The rest of the trees are then graded on a scale of quality (high, moderate or low). A Tree Constraints Report, as well as a plan, would be able to identify and overcomes any potential conflicts that may arise between a potential layout and the trees that are on-site. This would also include the calculation of any Root Protection Areas (RPAs) to identify any future impact that the existing trees can have on the area. Then an Arboricultural Implication Assessment (AIA) would look at how a proposed development would impact the trees. An Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS, also known as an Arboricultural Development Statement) then covers any advice on requirements for tree protection during the whole development process.

The experienced team at Braemar Arboriculture Limited can provide the necessary tree report for planning as well as any additional consultancy work that is required during the development process. To find out more about our services, please visit Or if you'd like to talk to our friendly support team, please email