TPOs were originally introduced in the Town and Country Planning Act 1947. Some TPOs therefore are over 50 years old, and still valid. The current regulations that enable TPOs are the Town and Country Planning (Trees) Regulations 1999 which came into force on 2 August 1999.
If you wish to protect a tree in your area, write to the Planning Authority (Gwynedd Council) stating your reasons, and include a map to aid identification. An immediate, temporary (six month) TPO can be put in place by the Local Planning Authority. The Authority would then inform neighbours and interested parties. Any objections must be received within 28 days. After six months, the temporary TPO could be confirmed and made permanent, or allowed to lapse. Local residents have the chance to raise objections in that time.
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12 principles of best practice for all those involved in local decision making to ensure that our 21st century towns and cities are underpinned by a 21st century approach to urban trees, for maximum economic, social and environmental returns.
With over 80% of the UK’s population living in urban settings, trees in and around built-up areas – which many call the “urban forest” – have become a key component of the infrastructure that makes places work, look and feel better.
Trees in the Townscape, a Guide for Decision Makers takes a 21st century approach to urban trees, one that keeps pace with and responds to the challenges of our times. It offers 12 action-oriented principles spanning the range of planning, design, works and management issues that must be addressed for maximum economic, social and environmental returns. Each principle is supported by explanations of benefits and delivery mechanisms, as well as references for further reading.
34 case studies provide real-life examples of the principles in action, giving insight into best practice from all over England including Bristol, Birmingham, Plymouth, Torbay, Sefton, Oxford, Leeds, Newcastle, Islington and Hackney as well as from further afield including the US and Hong Kong!
In keeping with TDAG’s ethos of raising awareness of the role of trees in the built environment by facilitating cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaboration, the development of this guide was based on over 40 interviews and extensive consultation with civil engineers, insurers, developers, designers, planners, tree officers, sustainability specialists, arboriculturists, tree nursery managers, ecologists, academics and not-for-profit organisations dedicated to community engagement and trees.
The guide also benefitted from a very broad based sponsorship as shown on the right.
Such a bottom-up and collaborative approach pays back: check our Endorse Trees in the Townscape page to see the groundswell of official endorsements the document has received. You’ll also find there everything you need to make sure key organisations in your neighbourhood, town or city endorse and champion the 12 Trees in the Townscape principles.