DoE 36/78 (3 May 1978) and WO 64/78 (3 May 1978)
This circular and the accompanying memorandum consolidate advice on trees and forestry. Local authorities have powers to plant and protect trees and a duty to make provision for them when granting planning permission.
Advice is given to local authorities on the treatment of trees and forestry in plans and on staffing for, and public involvement in, proposals relating to trees. The circular covers the (then) Countryside Commission’s policies for trees in the countryside and for replacing diseased trees.
It also describes the purpose and scope of tree preservation orders and the procedures for implementing them. Further sections give advice on trees in conservation areas and the relationship between trees and development.
The role of the Forestry Commission and felling licence arrangements are outlined.
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