Arboricultural Impact Assessments & Method Statements

Following a detailed tree survey, Aspect can assist in the preparation of Arboricultural Impact Assessments and Method Statements in accordance with BS5837:2012.

Tree surveys and associated arboricultural reports are an essential component of any planning submission. Some local planning authorities request that a planning application is accompanied by an arboricultural report.

At the planning stage a demonstration that existing trees have been correctly assessed and trees considered as priority for retention have been designed around, can only significantly assist any development application.

The process of these works can be broken down into three stages

  • Carrying out an initial tree survey and preparing a tree constraints drawing containing detail of below and above ground constraints. Below ground consisting of the root protection area (RPA) and above ground being the existing canopy extent within and adjacent to the application area.
  • Overlay of the architect’s proposed layout with the tree survey and making an initial assessment of the relationship between the proposals and the existing tree stock. Subsequently working with the client and architect to suggest any amendments to the layout and highlighting any tree related issues.
  • Upon receipt of an agreed fixed layout, preparation of the final AIA or AMS document for submission with the planning application.

Our objective is to maximise development potential whilst ensuring that proposals are both supportable and justifiable in arboricultural terms.