Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation

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EC Properties LP (EC Properties LP) 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.62

  • Comment ID: 321
Policy CL7 part c. and supporting text para 34.3.62 Paragraph 34.3.62 of the document highlights that BS 5837 2012 indicates that tunnelling under trees can be an option. However, this paragraph states that the Council does not judge that the benefits that may be gained by a larger basement outweighs the benefits of minimising the disturbance and risk of protected trees, and consequently this approach will not be permitted. We propose that tunnelling under trees should be considered on a site
Kevin Scott Consultancy Limite… 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.62

  • Comment ID: 377
We believe these provisions are too onerous and inflexible. The impact on trees and vegetation should be considered in the same way as for any other application for development and be based on the merits of the case and, where necessary, the results of an arboricultural assessment of trees likely to be affected.
The Kensington Society (Anthon… 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.62

  • Comment ID: 452
34.3.62 The Society strongly supports Policy CL7(c) and the statement here that "no mature trees should be removed, felled or uprooted, tapped, damaged, harmed or put at risk in the long term to make way for a basement development. However, should any loss be accepted we propose that a policy be added that "Any replacement tree needs to be capable of achieving the same amenity value as the tree to be lost.". .
Shrimplin Brown (Robert Shrimplin) 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.62

  • Comment ID: 266
1. This restrictive policy approach that seeks to prevent any mature trees from being "removed, felled, uprooted, topped, damaged, harmed or put at risk" (proposed text, paragraph 34.3.62) does not apply to other forms of development despite the fact that they could also impact upon trees. The conclusion that "the Council does not judge the benefits that may be gained from a larger basement outweigh the benefits of minimising the disturbance and risk to protected trees" (proposed text, paragraph
Miss Arbuthnot 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.62

  • Comment ID: 415
A number of mature trees were removed in order for the works at 2 Edith Grove to proceed. The application to fell the trees was submitted, and granted, before any application to burrow underground.
The Royal Brompton and Harefie… 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.62

  • Comment ID: 251
3) Revision: Supporting text Para 34.3.62 • The need to ensure that mature trees are not harmed or put at risk in the long term to make way for a basement development is acknowledged. We propose however that the option of tunnelling under trees as set out within BS 5837 2012 should be considered on a case specific basis, and not wholly dismissed. We suggest that this be reworded to allow an element of flexibility in exceptional instances.
Sam Gordon Clark 30 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.62

  • Comment ID: 204
Trees: Your proposals are welcome, but there will still be instances of people cutting down trees without permission, and without your knowing about it. How do you intend to police this?
Milner Street Residents' Assoc… 28 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.62

  • Comment ID: 100
Trees/shrubs 1. We welcome the proposal (34.3.62) to protect mature trees in the context of basement developments but think that this protection should extend also to mature shrubs which are equivalent to trees (in that they have similar stature and mass). Permission was recently granted in connection with a basement development for the removal of a mature shrub which is between 6 and 7 metres high and looks just like a tree but has no protection because it is a "shrub" and not a tree. We note
Leigh & Glennie Ltd (Christian… 11 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.62

  • Comment ID: 70
34.3.62 The blanket statement that no mature trees should be removed, etc, is to broad: an arboricultural assessment is of course the proper course of action, which may (or may not) identify that a mature tree is not worthy of protection.