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Trees and High Hedges - Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council consider trees are an important part of our landscape and environment.

The planning department is responsible for management of tree preservation orders (TPO); processing applications to carry out work on TPO trees and trees within conservation areas; making site visits; giving advice; encouraging the retention of established trees; promoting new planting and protecting and enhancing the local landscape. There is no charge to the public for these services, nor for planning applications relating to trees.

The planning department is also responsible for high hedge enquires under part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

Trees make a valuable contribution to both the urban and rural landscapes as well as being an important habitat for wild life and contributing to local amenity. Trees also help to counteract the effects of global warming. Large trees are particularly import providing important local landmarks.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has published a landscape and development guide as supplementary planning guidance and developers are encouraged to follow the advice that it contains when preparing planning applications.

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