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Following the public consultation exercise ‘Tree preservation orders: proposals for streamlining’ which ran from 28 September 2010 to 30 December 2010, the government has been considering the best way to simplify the tree preservation order system in England. This document summarises the consultation responses and identifies the changes to the draft proposals that the government has decided to make in taking forward the legislation.
This consultation paper seeks comments on the proposals to consolidate the legal provisions currently contained in regulations and tree preservation orders (TPOs) in England into one set of new regulations. At the same time we propose to introduce revisions to streamline the TPO system and make it a fairer system which is easier for tree owners to use.
These changes are intended to reduce the administrative burden of the TPO system, particularly on local planning authorities, and increase accessibility to a more equitable system.