Housing developers Shanly Homes and Millgate Homes fined at Woking Magistrates' Court for breaching tree preservation orders

Developers Shanly Homes and Millgate Homes have been fined for cutting down protected trees.

The two housing developers were fined at Woking Magistrates' Court for breaching tree preservation orders (TPOs).

Developer Shanly Homes pleaded guilty to causing or permitting the wilful damage of two trees at the Danesfield site on Grange Road, Horsell. The firm was fined and ordered to pay court costs totaling £1,887.

Millgate Homes pleaded guilty to causing or permitting the unauthorised cutting down of five trees and the wilful damage of nine trees protected by TPOs, at Janoway Hill in Firbank Lane, St Johns. It was fined and ordered to pay court costs of £10,077.

Both developers were given credit by the magistrate for their early guilty pleas and the fact that this was the first offence for each of them.

Woking Borough Council's portfolio holder for planning implementation Cllr Graham Cundy said: "Both developers were in flagrant breach of the tree preservation orders that were in place. These two cases should send out a clear warning to others that damaging, pruning or felling protected trees has serious consequences, and that the council will not hesitate to take action against them."

 

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