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Who can one appeal to/contact if a local authority fails to take action after it has been reported to them that trees protected by a tree preservation order and conservation area have been felled?

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Published on LexisPSL on 02/02/2017

The following Planning Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Who can one appeal to/contact if a local authority fails to take action after it has been reported to them that trees protected by a tree preservation order and conservation area have been felled?
  • Enforcement of TPOs and offences
  • Local Government Ombudsman

Who can one appeal to/contact if a local authority fails to take action after it has been reported to them that trees protected by a tree preservation order and conservation area have been felled?

Enforcement of TPOs and offences

Authorities have a range of enforcement powers to deal with breaches of planning control in relation to Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and conservation areas including: enforcement notices, stop notices, planning contravention notices, breach of condition notices and injunctions.

The government has published a Flowchart showing the decision-making process regarding offences. This process applies to contraventions of TPOs. Unless stated, it also applies to work to trees in conservation areas that contravenes section 211 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Local planning authorities may

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