Dear Hambleton District Council,
Could you tell me what action was taken against Linden Homes for the removal/Felling of two trees on Stillington Road, Easingwold. I see these trees had TPOs on them and were felled anyway. According to the TPO if buildings needed to be erected near by they should take into consideration the Preservation order and plans be modified to avoid any damage to them. This, however does not appear to have happened.
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Dear Mr Merchant,
The layout of the site at Stillington Road was designed to take account of the position of the trees on the frontage. The trees were the subject of discussion in the Planning Report; that report is available to read on our website ([email address] use reference 15/00175/REM) together with the other documents relating to the application. You will see that one tree was approved to be removed to form the entrance to the site and notification had previously been given by the agent for the previous landowner to reduce the size of the trees to overcome the risk of failure and reduce the hazard to road users on Stillington Road. Those works were lawfully undertaken.
Following approval of the scheme works were undertaken to prepare for the development of the housing. Works were undertaken which resulted in the felling of the wrong trees. Through discussion with staff at Linden Homes, it became clear that there was a mistake made by those working for Linden Homes. A scheme was submitted for replanting and the replanting details were considered be appropriate.
Review was made as to whether a prosecution would be in the public interest. The ready acceptance that the operatives had made a mistake and the preparedness to undertaking a replanting scheme were significant factors in the decision not to take formal action in the case.
I hope this is helpful to you.
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