Could tree protection uproot housing proposal?

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 January 2017

A tree in Congresbury will now be officially protected.

A tree in Congresbury will now be officially protected.

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A historic tree in a North Somerset village will now be formally protected – in a move which could complicate a developer’s bid to build 50 homes in its surrounding field.

The oak tree is situated off Wrington Lane in Congresbury, near the border with Cobthorn Farm.

North Somerset Council has placed a tree preservation order (TPO) on the oak, meaning it must be protected even if house-building is to take place. Developer Gladman is bidding to build 50 homes at the site.

The order said: “The tree preservation order will ensure adequate consideration of the issues surrounding trees worthy of retention on this site throughout the development process.”

To view Gladman’s application search for planning number 16/P/1521/O on www.n-somerset.gov.uk/planning

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