Planning authorities often require existing trees to be assessed as part of a planning application for development of sites. The usual approach is to follow the industry best practice in BS5837 (2012): Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – recommendations. I provide the full range of arboricutural input for these, from georeferenced tree survey plans and reports, to justification of which trees should be retained or removed, to how they are protected during and after construction. Arboricultural Method Statements, monitoring and supervision cna be provided where required. From my Glasgow office, I work with architects, developers, landowners etc. on sites all over Scotland.
Trees and the occupiers of buildings sometimes enjoy only an uneasy co-existence. Trees can cause or contribute to subsidence to buildings or root damage to foundations, but tree removal can cause heave. Roots can interfere with services, particularly drains. I am able to investigate and advise on these issues and to recommend appropriate solutions.
More generally trees shade and shelter buildings, which can be a good or a bad thing, or both. Again these things can be assessed (in accordance with BS8206-2 and BS EN 13037) for any latitude in Scotland and solutions brought forward. If required, a simplified assessment of daylighting can be incorporated into your BS5837 tree report for a planning application. More complex assessments can be done on request.