Inspector rejects appeal to fell 300-year-old oak implicated in garage subsidence

An appeal seeking to fell a mature English oak tree in a north London garden has been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate.

Image: FLDRA
Image: FLDRA

The tree stands by the garage in a communal garden near a conservation area in the London Borough of Enfield and is subject to a tree preservation order.

The inspector noted that it was in reasonable health, visible from a public highway, that it had high amenity and biodiversity value, and that a local residents' association had launched a petition to save it.

It was also judged that, though tree was likely to have caused a material effect on the property, the level of cracking was "not significant".

While the appellant may pursue a claim against the council to reinstate or underpin the garage, this was judged to be insufficient reason to permit the loss of the tree - the felling of which could anyway cause additional problems through "heave", the inspector noted.

The original application to fell was rejected by the council last year. The appelant was Nicholas Meyer of arboricultural consultancy and mitigation service OCA UK, who also made the original application in April 2013, rejected by the borough.

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