Resident uproar over Milton tree proposal
PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 November 2010
MILTON residents have accused a developer of trying to 'sneak' through a planning application to cut preserved chestnut trees down to size.
The original application by Snap Developments to build a care home in Milton Road next to Ashcombe Park was approved by North Somerset Council in August 2009, without the nine chestnut trees being part of the proposal.
But after the developers sent another application to the council in October proposing to crown some of the trees, which have preservation orders, they have been accused of changing the original conditions by residents.
As part of the new proposal made by arboricultural consultant Tim Pursey, the chestnut trees on the south of the site would be crowned, meaning cut, to six metres in height to provide some of the building’s occupants with a better window view.
But the proposal has been met with over a dozen objections from residents who are concerned that the loss of the trees will be detrimental to the park
Residents claim the developers are trying to get the proposal through retrospectively as the original application did not include the crowning of the trees following an outcry from residents.
Milton Road resident Marcus Boneham said: “After so many residents objected to crowning the trees in the original application and it was removed, it feels like they are trying to sneak this through in a separate application.”
Another resident, Mark Sweeting, believes the proposed work may mean that the trees eventually disappear.
He said: “Although the proposal would only be crown the trees at the moment, we are all worried that in a couple of years they will disappear completely, which would be terrible as they are an important part of the surroundings.”
A spokesman for Andrew Wilson Partnership, the agent’s handling both applications, said: “We’re working in line with the planning permission for the new care home and we’re working with the officers at North Somerset Council.”