All trees, regardless of their protected status, can be a material consideration in a planning application.
This means that where there are trees either on site or within close proximity to the site the Council as Local Planning Authority will consider them when making decisions on planning applications for that site.
Appropriate trees of good quality and value can greatly enhance new development, such as providing an immediate sense of maturity to the site. It is therefore very important that an early assessment of the trees on and near to the site is carried out to identify appropriate trees for retention.
Arboricultural Services for Architects and Developers