Arborist explains role of trees in planning process to councillors

A planning committee has brought in an arboriculture consultant to explain tree care issues relating to the planning system.

John Mitchener of JRM Tree Consultancy took East Grinstead Town Council's planning committee through a issues around tree preservation orders and planning applications earlier this month.

Committee chairman Bob Maintstone said: "We have a number of applications for trees at every meeting and we are always anxious that we are doing the best for the town.

"We felt we needed to update our knowledge of the latest legislation and advice, and to gain more understanding of the management of trees. But we're now up to speed and it means we can make our own well-informed recommendations on applications."

Mitchener gave a presentation before leading members through examples of different trees and the effects they can have on applications.

He said: "Councillors are in a position of responsibility and their aim is to ensure they do a good job for the residents. It's important they know about the framework with which they are working."


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