Oaklands College, St Albans

Project: Residential Development

Client: Taylor Wimpey North Thames

Aspect Arboriculture were commissioned to prepare an Arboricultural Impact Assessment to accompany a revised planning application for a residential led development on land at Oaklands College, St Albans following the refusal of a previous planning application. The scheme includes 348 dwellings, car parking, associated access provision and landscaping.

Aspect were also requested to prepare a Rebuttal presented at Public Inquiry by Richard Curtis. This related to the potential conflict between residents and the protected woodland.

The tree cover on site is primarily located on the boundaries, with a small planted group located internally. The principal tree cover within influence of the site comprises an area of primarily offsite woodland located on the southern boundary, and a planted line of Poplar located offsite to the west.

Planning Issues: Tree Protection Plans to accompany Arboricultural Impact Assessment; Development within the Green Belt; Conflict between residents and protected woodland; Existing woodland subject to Tree Preservation Order.