We’re giving you both barrels today.
A new planning application has been submitted requesting the removal of a condition that was placed on an application that was approved just over two years ago. We’ve investigated that condition, which, it turns out, relates to the new flats next to Knoll Walk. It states: “The development hereby permitted shall be carried out wholly in accordance with the submitted Arboricultural Report prepared by SMW Tree Consultancy [Steve Wood] and dated 23 February 2017. No development shall commence until photographs have been provided by the retained Consultant and forwarded to and approved by the Council’s arboricultural Officer. This should record all aspects of tree and ground protection measures having been implemented in accordance with the Arboricultural Report. The tree protection measures shall be retained until completion of all works hereby permitted.” In other words, the developer wants to overturn tree protection measures.
We aren’t happy with any request to remove tree protection. We need our greenery. So we probed further. It turns out that the main tree concerned is – or, rather, was – the cypress tree in Knoll Walk that the council removed earlier this year. Our photo shows the exact spot now. In the circumstances, we can understand why the developer wants the protection measures to be waived!