Contact: David Acton
The Panel were advised that the Order replaced TPO 01236 which lapsed during the initial lockdown period of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. The replacement Order was made following concerns that a proposed development might adversely affect the health, longevity and amenity value of the prominent Oak (T1) tree, without control over the quality of such works.
The tree had been assessed using the standard assessment, and was found to be a mature specimen with no known health defects and could be expected to have a retention span between 40-100 years.
One letter of objection to the Order was received, from the home owner of number 80 Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common. The objector reasoned:
i) there was no conflict between the Oak tree and the proposed building as the existing concrete slab will have directed roots away from the construction area; and
ii) the canopy is over the building but the branches are ascending due to adjacent trees.
The Council’s response to the objection was:
i) There is a possibility that the roots of T22 are growing underneath the existing concrete slab associated with the single-storey buildings that had been demolished. The foundations for the proposed two-storey building would be more intrusive to the root area; and
ii) The developer’s arboriculturist acknowledged that adjacent trees had been removed and that the ascending branches of the tree would re-balance in time.
In the absence of the objector the Panel considered the written submissions of objection and the responses of the Council’s Planning and Forestry Officer’s.
In view of the information and advice received, the Panel confirmed, without modification, Tree Preservation Order No. 01250 the Oak tree (T1) at the White Horse Inn, 487 Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common, CV7 7DT.