Trees in Conservation Areas
Section 69 of the Civic Amenities Act 1967 gives local authorities the power to designate Conservation Areas, to preserve or enhance the appearance or character both built and natural. This designation affording trees statutory protection is supported in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Chapter 8, part VIII Special Controls Chapter I 'Trees'. South Cambridgeshire District Council encourages the retention of these elements.
A six week written notice must be given to South Cambridgeshire District Council for any intended tree works within a conservation area and must contain the following:
- Location of tree(s) including sketch map
- Owner of tree(s)
- Works to be undertaken, guidance to the types of tree works
- Reason for the works
Conservation Areas are not a tool to retain every tree within a neighbourhood. They are a filter to allow the Council a chance to protect the best trees in a neighbourhood which contribute to the setting.
If you would like more information about the rules etc please go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-preservation-orders-and-trees-in-conservation-areas.
The district council may decide that the proposed works are undesirable; in this situation they may serve a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). Normal conditions relating to Tree Preservation Orders will apply.
Penalties for undertaking works to trees within a Conservation Area within a six week period are the same as those for undertaking unauthorised works to trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order.
Applicationd can be made on line via the Planning Portal, for further information go to the South Cambridgeshire District Council web site:- https://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/trees-conservation-areas
Contact: Trees Officer (SCDC)
Telephone: 03450 450 500
Fax: 01954 713152
Group of Shrubs (S1): remove to allow other trees to grow and let in light. Removal to take place once nesting is over.
Silver Birch (T1): Removal as there are to many trees in the area.
Twisted Willow (T2): Removal as the tree is dieased
Ash (T3) : Reduce the canopy by 1/3.
84 Fowlmere Road
Rear Garden: T1: Pine tree to be reduced by approx. 25% to suitable lateral growth points (approx. 1-1.5m) This will contain the size of the tree for the area and enhance its amenity value. T2: Fruit tree to be reduced by approx. 20% to suitable lateral growth points (approx. 0.5-1m) This will be suitable pruning for fruit productivity also managing the structural stability of the tree T3: Pine tree by the trampoline area to be removed to ground level. This tree is very minor in the landscape and very little canopy to rule out a reduction. The trees stability is in question so a removal is the only choice T4: Adjacent tree to be reduced by approx. 20-25% (approx. 1-1.5m) The tree is in a line of trees and a reduction of this tree would be suitable for the management to contain the size for its location
Long Barn, Fowlmere Road
Line of conifers in rear garden-reduce height by approx 12ft or to previous pruning points, clip garden sidn Ash tree in rear garden. Remove large limb pointing towards house
Heydonbury Farmhouse, 44 Fowlmere Road
Pollard Willow tree (2m) on left hand side of garden -Remove any new growth on Apple tree to keep height as close to 4m as possible.
Walnut Tree Cottage, 61 Fowlmere Road
Crown Reduction to two Ash trees
51 Chishill Road
Elders and self set Sycamore saplings - fell 2 small Holly to North of Group - fell Large Holly at centre of group - reduce height by 3m Yew adjacent to tower - reduce height by 3m, crown reduce on north side to clear tower by 2.5m, shape into remainder of canopy
Holly Trinity Church, Chishill Road
Weeping Willow in rear garden - tidy shattered storm damage. Crown reduce remainder of tree to form pollard at same level to shape and balance
Sycamore in front garden - crown reduce height by 3-3.5m, crown reduce spread by 2m on all sides to shape and balance, remove previuosly cut stubs above highway, crown lift to clear 5m above highway
Norway Maple in front garden - crown reduce height by 5m, crown reduce spread by 2-3m on all sides to shape and balance, crown lift to clear 5m above highway
The Old School House, 2 Chishill Road
Bird Cherry (Prunus padus) - fell due to age and ill-health. Approx 40 years old with significant die-back in smaller and larger branches, poor leaf cover, splitting bark and loss of bark from attack by squirrels. No replacement planned as there are 7 other trees in the small garden (approx. 20m x 15m).
70 Fowlmere Road
Removal of Ash tree in the hedge of front garden
Ash Cottage, 27 Fowlmere Road
Removal of large tree (Ash) possible damage to garage base by roots
Ash Cottage, 27 Fowlmere Road
Reduction by 30% crown Silver Birch and Field Maple; Ivy covered cherry fell to ground
Long Barn, 62 Fowlmere Road, SG8 8PU
Renovation of all trees in the front garden
Walnut Tree Cottage, 61, Fowlmere Road, SG8 8PZ
Fell 1 beech tree due to its location within a proposed development
Heydonbury, Heydon Lane, SG8 8QB
T1 is a Eucalyptus: Proposed work is to Reduce by 30% and shape to suit
T2 is a Cherry: Proposed work is to reduce in height by approximately 30% and shape to suit
Tree type (yew) Ref T1 Work to be done: Crown reduction 30% reduction.
37 Chishill Road, Heydon, SG8 8PP