Hello Alex. Yes I own my home and there is a TPO on the tree. It is not an indigenous species - the electricity board have cut branches from it in the past because it was fouling the electrical overhead cable. It is a bit lop-sided and neighbours are afraid it will crush their home if it comes down in a high wind. Await your reply in due course. Many thanks, XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX
All I heard from the tree expert was that the chap in charge in the Council said his reason for refusal was "that the tree could be seen". I have asked people nearby if they noticed the tree and they have said "no we haven't". A rather odd sort of reason for refusal.
No I left the form filling to the expert forestry chap who has been in the business for over 37 years and is quite perplexed at the refusal, but puts it down to the fact that the guy in the Council is new in the post and somewhat intent on feeling his feet so to speak.
Yes this is the case because the forestry person is very familiar with procedures and, apparently, has never had an appeal refused in the past.
I will ask my man to discover who the Secretary of State for such cases happens to be and I will study the guidance as you suggest. Do you happen to know if the Sec of State is the Planning person or someone else?
Thank you for suggesting this way forward. If that fails is there any way forward via the Human Rights Act?
Sorry I've kept you rather late and I guess you'll have a little more to say soon, but I am most grateful for your advice so far. Kindest regards, XXXXX XXXXX