Plans to simplify tree preservation: 12 weeks consultation begins

Proposals to cut tree preservation paperwork down to size have been announced by Communities Minister Bob Neill as part of the Government's pledge to cut red tape and reduce burdens for individuals and local government.

Three sets of regulations and orders covering tree preservation orders in England will be streamlined into one document, saving local councils more then £500,000 in administration costs each year.

The new regulations will reduce paperwork, simplify the process of protecting trees and provide a fairer, more straightforward and effective system for tree preservation.

Tree preservation orders are made by local planning authorities and make it an offence to cut down, top or damage a protected tree without the authority's permission. They are important because they safeguard trees that make a significant impact on their local surroundings.

A 12 week consultation on the new regulations has begun

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