BS5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment

Are you looking for a BS5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) to enable you to get planning permission your proposed project? The local authority tree officer may require the information as part of your submission, or alternatively may have requested the information as a condition.

Whether you are a developer, architect or planning consultant with multiple large sites, a builder with small to large sites on the go or an individual householder organising and project managing your own extension works. We are able to assist you in all of these situations for you to achieve your goal.

We will use the VALID tree assessment method on any trees considered to be potentially dangerous. This method is described in more detail on our tree health and safety survey page.

Additionally, there is a substantial body of research that supports the economic, environmental and social benefits that trees bring to urban areas and the contributions that they make to people’s quality of life and sense of wellbeing.

A BS 5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) is an important element of your planning process. This will result in you knowing exactly what trees you have on your site and the impact that they will have on the proposed development and that the development will have on the trees.

This develops from the BS 5837 tree report, and includes the identification of any protected trees, the effects on the amenity value and biodiversity of the surrounding area, identifying any potential incompatibilities between the retained trees and the proposed layout.

All tree work recommendations will comply with the relevant British Standard BS3998 Tree Work – Recommendations (2010), unless otherwise specified in a report, with a clear justification for any deviation from the standard.

Trees also have significant heritage value. This is being increasingly eroded as many large and medium sized trees are being removed as they become unsafe or are simply in the way of proposed development or infrastructure.

Where trees are planted to replace those removed, often they are not given the correct conditions or management they require to enable them to reach maturity. Tree planting should be undertaken in accordance with the new British Standard, BS8545 Young Trees: From Nursery to Independence in the Landscape (2014)Frequently trees of a smaller final size are selected, which will not provide anything like the same amount of benefits.

This will include any infrastructure requirements for highways and road access, visibility, lighting CCTV and services. It will also include mitigation of any trees that are required to be removed for the scheme, and an assessment of the proximity of the retained trees to the existing and proposed structures.

This will then identify the issues to be addressed in the BS 5837 Arboricultural Method Statement. This will lead into the BS5837 Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS) and Tree Protection Plan (TPP).

We have recently working in London, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Berkshire and all across the south of England. We have recently successfully worked in numerous local authorities and like to build productive relationships with tree officers.