Posts Categorized: Development

Arboricultural Impact Assessment – moving forward

Following on from last year’s National Amenity Tree Conference www.trees.org.uk/Amenity-Conference, a collaboration jointly hosted by the Landscape Institute, Aspect have been cordially invited to make a guest appearance at the AA’s South Eastern Branch AGM on the 25th January, at RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB Jon is going to deliver an updated version of the original presentation (Impact… Read more »

Arboricultural Impact Assessment – an opportunity for development?

Current best practice recommends that tree professionals work collaboratively to achieve a harmonious and sustainable relationship between trees and structures. BS5837:2012 suggests that competent persons should provide specialist advice throughout the various phases of new developments….“responding to and resolving constraints as they emerge”. But, what does this actually mean? Unfortunately the BS provides no structured, systematic framework to… Read more »

Effective Tree Constraints & BS 5837

The successful retention of trees in the development process starts with understanding the strengths & weaknesses of existing site features. Designing layouts around existing trees, hedges & woodlands, can be challenging for the most imaginative of us, so it is crucial to fully appreciate the constraints posed both now and in the future……..after all the trees… Read more »

Daylight Analysis….inside the box

Some of our recent 3D modelling work has been well received by clients wanting to make potentially contentious planning issues very clear.

Trees, Sunlight and Skylight

Trees, hedges, buildings and topography can all have negative or positive effects on the levels of sunlight or skylight external to, or within buildings. Local Planning Authorities are now actively encouraged by the NPPF to demand demonstration of compliance with all relevant parts of; BRE209; BS5837; BS8206-2; and ODPM High Hedges & Light Loss, as… Read more »

Tree Planting – why is it so difficult?

Tree Planting – common problems: Successful tree planting is easy but it relies on a few simple things being done properly. In the UK there has been a superb tradition of planting from the impressive remnants of the Victorian era that dominate our towns and cities to the large scale forestry of the 1950’s. This… Read more »