We recently assisted a client in securing consent for a proposed extension with basement, in the vicinity of a large protected tree. With the client facing the prospect of a flat-out refusal for the proposal, we put forward a method statement for the exploratory hand dig of small trial holes along the line of the proposed foundation. This was undertaken by ourselves in the presence of the client and the local authority tree officer.
Tree roots were observed but only within a portion of the Root Protection Area (plotted as per BS 5837:2012).
From these findings it was agreed that construction of the proposed extension was possible, with a slight adjustment to the position, installation of protective fencing and temporary root protection (ground cover) within the working area due to limited space. A programme of aftercare was also proposed including root zone enhancements.
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