Once planning permission has been approved, the local authority may require a tree survey and an approved Arboricultural Method Statement in order to ensure that trees are not damaged during construction.
Various points will need to be covered within the Arboricultural Method Statement such as the protective fencing specification, any necessary tree surgery, land regrading, the movement of heavy machinery and soil compaction during the build, the installation of underground and over-ground services during the development of the site, the storage of materials and the handling of materials hazardous to tree health, the siting of cabins and when appropriate sympathetic road construction techniques.
Adherence to the approved Arboricultural Method Statement may be conditional upon Planning Consent. The Local Authority have the power of enforcement via fines and cessation of works. It is essential that a realistic and viable Arboricultural Method Statement is produced at the outset which balances the practical requirements of developers with those of the Local Authority.