Agenda item

APP/15/00956: East Farm, Column Road, Caldy, Wirral, Merseyside - Create one new 5 metre wide entrance onto Column Road


The Assistant Chief Executive submitted the above application for consideration.


A Ward Councillor addressed the Committee.


On a motion by Councillor Elderton and seconded by Councillor Realey it was:


Resolved (13:0) That the application be approved subject to the following conditions:


1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of 3 years from the date of this permission.


2. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the approved plans amended and received by the local planning authority on 1st February 2016


3. No works or development shall take place until a scheme for the protection of the retained trees - The Tree protection plan (section 5.5, BS 5837:2012, Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations) has been agreed in writing with the LPA.  This scheme shall include:


A.  An arboricultural method statement (section 6 BS 5837) containing; Althea details and positions (shown on the plan at paragraph (a) above) of the Tree Protection Barriers (section 6.2 of BS5837), identified separately where required for different phases of construction work (e.g. demolition, construction, hard landscaping). The Tree Protection Barriers must be erected prior to each construction phase commencing and remain in place, and undamaged for the duration of that phase.  No works shall take place on the next phase until the Tree Protection Barriers are repositioned for that phase.

B.  the details of the working methods to be employed for the installation of drives and paths within the RPAs of retained trees in accordance with the principles of “No-Dig” construction (section 7.4 BS 5837).

C.  The design of the vehicular access shall take account of all trees situated on or off site and must be in line with appropriate guide lines (section 7.4 of BS 5837: Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations) and Arboricultural Advisory and Information Service, Practice Note 'Driveways Close to Trees 1996'). The driveway which are within 4 m of existing trees, must be constructed utilising minimum excavation techniques incorporating appropriate surfaces to avoid damage to trees and to withstand any influence of existing trees with regard to future potential indirect/direct tree related damage. No development shall take place until there has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority technical details of the proposed driveway, which are within 4m of existing trees, to include their dimensions (in relation to existing ground levels), specifications (materials) and when they are to be constructed in relation to other development works.


The following activities must not be carried out under any circumstances:


A.  No fires shall be lit within 10 metres of the nearest point of the canopy of any retained tree.

B.  No works shall proceed until the appropriate Tree Protection Barriers are in place, with the exception of initial tree works.

C.  No equipment, signage, fencing, tree protection barriers, materials, components, vehicles or structures shall be attached to or supported by a retained tree.

D.  No mixing of cement or use of other materials or substances shall take place within a Root Protection Area (RPA), or close enough to a RPA that seepage or displacement of those materials or substances could cause then to enter a RPA.

E.  No alterations or variations to the approved works or tree protection schemes shall be carried out without the prior written approval of the LPA.



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