DEV28 - Trees, woodlands and hedgerows

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Development that would result in the loss or deterioration of the quality of:

  • Ancient woodland, aged or veteran trees or impact on their immediate surroundings;
  • Other woodlands or high amenity trees including protected trees;
  • Important hedgerows including Devon hedgebanks;

will not be permitted unless the need for, and benefits of, the development in that location clearly outweigh the loss and this can be demonstrated.

Development should be designed so as to avoid the loss or deterioration of woodlands, trees or hedgerows. If the loss of trees, woodlands or hedgerows, cannot be avoided, new native and locally appropriate trees and hedgerows will be secured as mitigation to ensure they contribute to a ‘net gain’. Mitigation should be delivered on site, but if this is not achievable, offsite compensation will be required to provide a net gain in canopy cover in line with local standards.