Pre-development assessments involve collecting data on trees that may be affected during a potential development. The report highlights the trees worthy of retention so that they can be incorporated into any potential design. With this, you won’t waste time and money by having plans drawn up that will inevitably get rejected because of impacts to high value trees. Also, councils tend to respond well to these assessments as it shows the planning permit applicant is being ‘pro-active’ in tree retention.
If you are a builder, developer, architect or anyone else and are intending on making a planning application, commissioning this report is a great investment so you can design around 'retention worthy trees' at the infancy stage of planning.
This report is sometimes referred to as a ‘Pre-development tree assessment / Pre-development tree survey’ or ‘Pre-development vegetation assessment / Pre-development vegetation survey’.
Arboricultural Impact Assessments
Arboricultural impact assessments are produced to submit with the planning application after proposed design plans have been drawn up. It shows the effect the proposed design will have on trees. The report makes recommendations on the potential to retain some high retention value and 3rd party retention value trees and the design & construction specifications that would be required to do this.
This report is sometimes referred to as a development impact assessment or a construction impact assessment.