There is a clear and well established process for protecting trees in relation to new development.
This process is set out in British Standard 5837: 2012 which establishes a clear process for:
Where a planning application is proposed, and a site contains trees, the developer will be required to submit a Tree Assessment and report in accordance with British Standard.
As this report will form part of the planning application it can be viewed by searching for a planning application. Failure to submit such a report where trees are present may well lead to the application being invalidated and being delayed.
Trees can be a significant asset to a development site and can add to the value of properties. Proper and early consideration can bring forward the right design. Late consideration causes delays and will slow down a planning application.
New trees can enhance a development, add value and they provide many benefits.
Further advice can be obtained from Landscape Architects who can be contacted via the Landscape Institute.