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The Town and Country Planning (Trees) Regulations 1999

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Application of Part IV and interpretation

11.—(1) This Part applies in relation to every appeal—

(a)made on or after the date on which these Regulations come into force, under section 78 as applied to applications under orders; and

(b)which is to be disposed of without a hearing or an inquiry to which rules under section 9 (procedure in connection with statutory inquiries) of the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992(1) apply.

(2) In this Part—

“appeals questionnaire” means a document in the form supplied by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this Part;

“relevant time limit” means the time limit specified in regulation 13 or in any paragraph of regulation 14, or any such time limit as varied under regulation 15; and

“starting date”, in relation to an appeal, means the date notified by the Secretary of State under regulation 12 as applicable to procedures under this Part as regards that appeal.


Under section 199(1), tree preservation orders generally do not take effect until confirmed, but a direction may be given under section 201 for an order to take provisional effect immediately.


Where the Order is to be made under the sections cited and section 300 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, all those provisions should be cited, as should the fact of the consent of the appropriate authority. As to the circumstances in which the consent of the Forestry Commission is required (and should be cited) see section 200(1) of that Act.


Subsection (6) of section 198 exempts from the application of tree preservation orders the cutting down, uprooting, topping or lopping of trees which are dying, dead or have become dangerous, or the undertaking of those acts in compliance with obligations imposed by or under an Act of Parliament or so far as may be necessary for the prevention or abatement of a nuisance. Subsection (7) of that section makes section 198 subject to section 39(2) of the Housing and Planning Act 1986 (c. 63) (saving for effect of section 2(4) of the Opencast Coal Act 1958 on land affected by a tree preservation order despite its repeal) and section 15 of the Forestry Act 1967 (c. 10) (licences under that Act to fell trees comprised in a tree preservation order).


See section 263 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.


S.I. 1995/418.


1991 c. 59, see section 72.


Section 79 was amended by the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 (c. 34), section 18 and Schedule 7, paragraph 19.

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