Henbury Trees for the chop

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Henbury residents may recall our article a couple of months ago about the threat to a recently-planted area of trees in Henbury, due to the proposed development of former Greenbelt land opposite the Cock Inn.

Indeed, many residents wrote to support the request for a Tree Preservation order, submitted to Cheshire East Council by one of our Parish Councillors (and Tree Warden) Simon Browne.

Unfortunately, Simon has now been informed that the site is not deemed suitable for a TPO. Simon commented "A big issue to me is that the site was submitted to the Cheshire East Local Plan with the trees being retained, and once accepted the trees were then removed".

Cheshire East response is below:

Thank you for your email requesting the protection of trees located on land off Chester Road, Henbury. I can confirm that a site visit was carried out on 19thOctober and an amenity evaluation assessment undertaken to assess the value and visual prominence of the new planting which was the primary area of concern for the messages in support of a Tree Preservation Order.

The Assessment has concluded that the quality and significance of this planting is deemed relatively low and on this basis it is considered that a Tree Preservation Order would not be deemed appropriate in this instance. It is considered that the loss of the trees would be relatively insignificant in terms of impact on the wider amenity of the area and that such losses which could be replaced elsewhere within the site and in a relatively short time frame. As you're aware the area is a Strategic Site (LPS 18) identified in the adopted Cheshire East Local Plan and that site specific principles for the site do make provision for new planting and to improve the greenbelt boundary through tree planting and landscaping

Alternative methods of evaluating the value of the trees and appropriateness for a TPO were carried out at this site, however all these evaluations brought the site out as having a low score, below that of what would be required for a TPO.

The full documents are attached.

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