Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland
Regional Planning Policies: Policy CON 3 Trees and Woodlands
|Policy CON 3 Trees and Woodlands|
This policy has been superseded by: PPS 2-Natural Heritage
To protect individual trees, groups of trees and woodland areas of particular importance because of their nature conservation value or their contribution to the amenity of a particular locality.
Northern Ireland is currently one of the least wooded countries in Europe. Over the last fifty years the amount of tree cover on farmland has decreased. Many of the existing trees and woodlands are old and in a state of decline. Trees on the other hand are of immense importance, providing a strong visual element which helps create the varied, iqteresting and attractive landscape so typical of large areas of Northern Ireland. Landowners and developers will therefore be encouraged to retain existing trees where practicable and to plant additional trees.
Careful consideration will be given to the potential impact of proposed development upon trees. Wherever possible, existing trees, woodlands, important hedgerows and other natural features will be protected by the imposition of conditions on the grant of planning permission. Opportunities will also be taken to secure new tree planting in development schemes. Where development involves the loss of trees, permission will normally be conditional on a replanting scheme with trees of appropriate numbers, species and size.
Tree Preservation Orders may be made by the Department to: