Pearce Consultants

BS5837 Tree Surveys, Manchester

PEARCE Consultants are planning and development specialists, and are trusted providers of the BS 5837 tree survey. 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 across Manchester and into Lancashire.

Our experience and teamwork can add value at every stage of a tree survey 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 in our services.

We are masters of communication and value relationships with our clients across Lancashire, project teams, Local Planning Authorities and the public. With this approach and innovative thinking, we can successfully deliver some of the most difficult schemes.

About the BS5837

The BS 5837 is otherwise known as the British Standard “Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction to Construction – Recommendations. It presents clearly all actions required to protect and preserve trees when a construction project or development occurs. Our experts in Lancashire have extensive experience in all aspects of these instructions, and can offer guidance to our clients in adhering to it.

If you would like to discuss a project in more detail, or for free impartial advice on the BS 5837 or any of our other tree survey services, please get in touch with our office in Lancashire.

Preliminary Arboricultural Assessment (PAA) & Tree Constraints Plan (TCP)

Prior to the purchase of a site or offering a site for sale in Manchester or the surrounding area, 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 tree survey includes a report and plan 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 tree survey that includes 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 arboriculturist to oversee tree protection will reassure LPA’s that tree protection will be ensured.

Since 2011


Contact Us

To find out more about the BS 5837 or our other tree survey services, please reach out to our team by phone or email. We are happy to work with a range of clients in and around Manchester and Lancashire.