Trees WILL be preserved near Bramley industrial centre, council rules


Council bosses have over-ruled an objection to preserve trees on land near a business in Bramley.

Last year residents living in the Houghley Gill area successfully fought against plans to pull down protected trees on historic woodland and replace them with three light industrial units and car parking near Hill Top Commercial Centre.

Gaunts Property Ltd had described the woodland as a ‘poor quality’, a point contested by local residents.

Leeds City Council made a Tree Preservation Order on 10 May 2019 on a provisional basis, but the landowner objected.

Representing the landowner, arboricultural consultant Iain Tavendale said in a letter to the council:

“… There is little evidence to support that they are of significant amenity value which together with species quality and viability …”

But council officers disagreed with Mr Tavendale’s assessment, saying

” It is not necessary for there to be direct public access to the woodland, for it to be classed as a valuable amenity to the area. The trees comprising the woodland are considered to constitute an amenity to the local residents and to provide food, nest sites and cover for local wildlife. Pockets of woodland such as this are considered to be valuable urban assets. “

Full details of the council’s decision can be found here.

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