PEARCE Consultants are planning and development specialists. We understand that every site is different, from a small extension or outbuilding, to large-scale strategic development. That is why we have a range of solutions, proportionate to the needs of each client and site.
Our experience and teamwork can add value at every stage of a project from pre-purchase, through the design and planning application process, during and following construction. Our objective is to help you make the most of your investment.
We are masters of communication and value relationships with our clients, project teams, Local Planning Authorities and the public. With this approach and innovative thinking, we can successfully deliver some of the most difficult schemes.
If you would like to discuss a project in more detail, or for free impartial advice please get in touch.
Preliminary Arboricultural Assessment (PAA) & Tree Constraints Plan (TCP)
Prior to the purchase of a site or offering a site for sale, we can provide an overview assessment of the arboricultural site constraints and opportunities. The Tree Constraints Plan is produced from the tree survey and will illustrate the root protection areas for each tree and the above ground constraints of a trees canopy. This information will then aid in forming a brief letter report.
This report and plan is created to be a design tool to help identify development potential. Understanding the complete constraints and opportunities of any site, whether it be arboricultural, ecological or topographical to name but a few elements, is critical in order to design and plan a successful proposal.
Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA)
An Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) is a written tree report that considers all the direct and indirect impacts of a design proposal on trees within the development area. The assessment outlines those trees that need to be removed and those to be retained, highlighting any potential problems from a planning point of view. This assessment should accompany and be submitted at the same time as a planning application to the Council to meet with national and local validation criteria. The AIA will enable the council to make an informed and judged decision on the planning application. The AIA includes a Tree Constraints Plan if a PAA has not been carried out.
Tree Protection Plan (TPP)
A Tree Protection Plan (TPP) is a scaled detailed drawing that outlines what protective measures are to be carried out in relation to those trees being retained on a site during development. Whilst the TPP can be issued on its own, it often forms part of an Arboricultural Impact Assessment or an Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS). A draft TPP is sometimes requested by a Local Planning Authority to be part of the AIA.
Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS)
AMS are often required by Local Planning Authorities prior to a decision notice being given, or as part of a Planning Condition to approved development application. The AMS demonstrates how trees will be safeguarded from damage during the construction phases and provides detail on working methodologies for installing a wide range of tree protection systems and measures.As part of a method statement and to satisfy planning conditions, there is also often a requirement to monitor tree protection systems so that they remain effective throughout the duration of construction. Employing an arboriculturalist to oversee tree protection will reassure LPA’s that tree protection will be ensured.