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A landowner has a duty to replace a tree which is removed in contravention of a tree protection order (TPO). Where the duty is not complied with, local authorities have powers, under section 207 of the Act, to issue tree replacement notices (TRNs). These powers are also exercised where a tree is removed in a conservation area in contravention of section 211 of the 1990 Act (i.e. without giving the council six weeks’ notice) and in circumstances when a condition to plant a replacement tree, on a consent to fell a tree under a TPO, is not complied with.
The TRN guide for appellants has been updated mainly to take out references to the spirit of the Town and Country Planning Rules for Hearings and Inquiries and updates to section 20 in the guidance – “How We Use Personal Information”. And section 18 – How to challenge a decision.