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Agriculture (Wales) Act 2023

Section 40 – Tree Preservation Orders

233.Section 40 inserts a new section 24F (Tree Preservation Orders) into the Forestry Act 1967. It applies if NRW proposes to give a notice under section 24C(3) or 24E(2), and the notice would affect trees that are the subject of a tree preservation order (a “TPO”).

234.The section requires NRW, as the appropriate forestry authority, to notify the authority who made the TPO of the proposal unless the emergency criteria are met. The emergency criteria are met if NRW considers that it is necessary to give the section 24C(3) or section 24E(2) notice in order to respond to an imminent and serious risk of harm to natural beauty or to flora, fauna, geological or physiographical features, or natural habitats. This exception is designed to enable NRW to address any imminent and serious risk of environmental harm without delay.

235.Once the TPO authority has been notified of a proposal to give a notice under section 24C(3) or 24E(2), it may object to the giving of the notice within a prescribed period (to be set out in regulations). Where the TPO authority do not withdraw its objection, NRW must refer the matter to the Welsh Ministers. The Welsh Ministers must consult those set out in 24F(7) before deciding whether to grant or refuse consent for the giving of the notice.

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