Trees, Woodlands and Forests. A guide for developers and planners Northwest Regional Forestry Framework
Boys Trees, park and bench

Implementation and delivery

Trees and woodlands are protected and their planting is encouraged across planning policy. A planning application that includes a clear commitment to tree retention and planting will certainly be deemed more acceptable, and this can range from the giving over of an amount of woodland for community use to replacement planting or offering a financial compensation for trees lost.

Even after planning permission has been granted, the local council may monitor the development process, to ensure that commitments are being met, existing trees are being carefully protected and that there is no breach to preservation orders, agreements or similar.

The costs of such measures at planning and development stage are invariably to be covered by the developers. However for large schemes, or those with specific features (on derelict or contaminated land, for example) can attract additional funding support from external sources.

Long-term management of trees and woodlands must also be considered at the planning stage. However, there are a number of options here including owner or management company responsibility (when property is sold), council management (if trees are along highways or deemed to be in public areas) or possible third party / charity ownership or long term management.