Dirty trick No. 3:- The sudden tree preservation order or TPO listing.
Sometimes permitted development works are proposed within the spread of an
established tree that is not listed with a TPO. Sometimes the planners will see this as part of their site visit
process and decide that this may be a high value local amenity tree worthy of long term protection. The Planner
then informs their TPO Officer who also makes an inspection and if in agreement starts the TPO
Now this may not prevent the planners from not issuing a C of LD but it does now mean that the Planners have
gained control over your development through a TPO application and it is up to you or your tree specialist that the
PD scheme will not do any long term harm to the tree. This will now cost you wasted time and fees in the
application process and engaging your own tree specialist. You may even have to reduce your building works or have
specialists foundations to avoid root damage. The worst case could be that you are unable to build the extension or
detached garden building at all in that location.