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I'm wanting to build a garage in my front garden, after I was somewhat conned by the builders, but that's a long story.


There is a large oak tree on the edge of my front boundary to a main road and large grassed area that has a RPA within in it, drawn as a circle.


I wanted to erect a garage about 12m from the tree, near the house, for which it seems I need planning permission due to being in front of the forward elevation of the house.... GRRRRRRR.


As such I will also come under the beady eye of the tree lady, who will no doubt argue the roots won't like it. I actually love the tree and without question want to protect it. If one altered the shape of the RPA it would spread under the driveway, which is shallow construct, just gravel and porous paving.


The tree is quite large, about 1m at 1.5m above the ground.


Does anyone have any ideas that might improve my chances.


Out of interest, I also have a fir tree at the back, which is also protected!!!! where a garage could go, but I was hoping to leave all trees in tact, even if I could get the protection order on the fir lifted...is that likely?


Thank you for any help.

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Your best bet whilst still at the early stages of design, would be to commission a local Arb consultant to carry out a survey in accordance with bs 5837, and then have your architect design the garage/driveway etc around the constraints that the trees appear to pose.


That way you will be able to demonstrate to the Planning Authority that you are being sympathetic to the trees, and thus more likely to obtain consent.

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Thank you. That probably does make sense. This is very ignorant I know, but I guess an Arb consultant is different to a tree surgeon right?


(in jest lest it causes offence!) Yes, particularly the daily £ rate!

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hi mate, I`ve just finnished this car port at the front of my new place, I had to apply for planning permission,as it was technically at the front of the property, they gave it too me with a few restrictions, 3.6max ridge height, timber framed, and new hedge to be planted to screen from neighbours, exsisting road side greenary to be retained, and they slapped a tpo on a small(25ft )scotts pine,,,none of these restrictions bothered me,,so they dont always say no:thumbup1:

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