Tree protection plans

PLANS to control tree works on a site described by council officials as important to the setting of Edzell were set to go before Angus development standards committee on Tuesday (yesterday) just as the Brechiner was going to press.

Councillors were being asked to confirm a Tree Prevention Order relating to an area of trees within the garden of Hopewood, Dunlappie Road, Edzell and a woodland area to the north of the site.

A report going before committee explains that a planning application sought permission for the erection of a house within the woodland.

The application was withdrawn following reservations in relation to the loss of woodland and acceptability of the tree survey provided.

There was a re-application for a house on the same site, but that was refused in May of this year.

The applicant appealed against refusal and the appeal was dismissed at the development management review committee meeting inn September.

A provisional TPO came into effect on April 27 to ensure the local authority has control over any tree works on site, and it is this Order that the council is seeking to confirm.

Recommending that the TPO be confirmed, Angus director of infrastructure services, Eric Lowson, in his report to committee, stated that a landscape capacity study for Edzell, carried out in 2002, highlighted the important role the woodland played in strengthening the appearance of the village in the landscape overall and, in particular, when entering Edzell via Dunlappie Road.

He adds that the long established woodland has “intrinsic biodiversity value”.

“The removal of part of the centre of the woodland would be required to enable a house footprint,” continues the director.

“Give the landowner’s wish to develop the site it is considered important that a TPO be confirmed to ensure the control of tree works. Accordingly it is recommended that the Order by confirmed.”