Planning legislation makes provision for local authorities to safeguard trees and woodlands by means of designating TPO's (Tree Preservation Orders). A TPO is promoted to ensure, as far as possible, the preservation of trees in the interests of amenity.
Where are the TPO's in Stirling?
Stirling Council's TPO's are located in Balfron, Bannockburn, Blanefield, Bridge of Allan, Buchlyvie, Cambusbarron, Deanston, Dunblane, Killearn, Killearn Hospital, Logie, Plean, Stirling and Strathblane.
What are TPO's?
TPO's are a statutory means of control used to protect selected trees and woodlands where it is considered that their removal would have a particularly unacceptable and significant impact upon the local environment and its enjoyment by the public.
A TPO may be made for individual trees, groups of trees, areas or woodlands, and makes provisions for prohibiting measures such as the cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees.
Any person wishing to undertake work affecting trees is required to seek the consent of the Council using the Tree Works Application Form, together with a report by an Arboricultural Consultant or Tree Contractor.
Consent may be conditional including, for example, a requirement for replacement tree planting.
How are TPO's chosen?
TPO's can be chosen for several reasons including:
- The preservation of trees or woodland in the interest of amenity as they contribute greatly to the character of the area.
- The safeguarding of trees or woodland against unnecessary or indiscriminate felling.
- The retention of shelterbelts and the preservation of the natural habitat of wildlife.
- The formation of screening to nearby development.
Trees or woodlands to be protected by a TPO should normally be visible from a public place, such as a road or a footpath, although exceptionally the inclusion of other areas may be justified. Frequently the inclusion of trees within a TPO may be more for their collective value e.g. their contribution to the landscape or their screening of nearby development etc., rather than for their merit as individual specimens. Other factors such as their importance as a wildlife habitat may also be taken into consideration.
How does this affect the owner/occupier?
Permission is required for the cutting down, topping, lopping or uprooting of trees. It is an offence for any person to undertake any of the above measures without the consent of the Council. Any such action may result, on conviction, in a fine being imposed. Similar controls exist in relation to trees within Conservation Areas.
The Council welcomes consultations from property owners who may have proposals regarding trees within their control and recognises that in order to safeguard the longer term viability of trees and woodland areas, properly constituted tree management measures may from time to time be appropriate.