Tree Preservation Orders
A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is a statutory protection afforded to trees under Sections 122 & 123 of the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 (the Planning Act). Tree Preservation Orders are imposed in order to protect selected trees or woodland if their removal is likely to have significant impact on the local environment and its enjoyment by the public.
There are a large number of TPOs throughout the Ards and North Down Borough.
Under Section 126 of the Planning Act it is a criminal offence to cut down, uproot or wilfully destroy or damage, top or lop a tree protected by a TPO. On summary conviction you could be fined up to £100,000. The Council’s consent is required to carry out any works to a protected tree.
The Planning (Trees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 set out details of the form of a TPO, the procedure for their making, modification, confirmation and revocation. They also outline the procedure for making a request for works to protected trees.