Developer who cut down perry trees allowed to build house on site in Brockworth
PLANNING permission has been granted for a house to be built on land in Brockworth where three protected mature perry pear trees were cut down by developers.
The move has been labelled outrageous by residents who were furious when David Wilson Homes accidentally chopped down the protected trees off Kennel Lane.
The firm has now been told by Tewkesbury Borough Council they can build the extra home with a garage on the land.
One objector told the council the 'landscape proposals, tree protection, method statement and biodiversity enhancement scheme' had been "clearly contravened" by the developer, "culminating in the unauthorised felling of the trees".
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After the trees were cut down, Tewkesbury Borough Planning issued a breach of condition notice and ordered the developer to replace the trees.
The resident added: "The trees have been replaced, they are small saplings with no tree protection therefore I request an arboricultural report to assess the trees ability to grow to their full potential."
Another objection read: "This space has become available because of the careless or wanton destruction of three ancient perry pear trees by the developer. It is quite outrageous that they should now be allowed to profit from their vandalism by building a new house on the spot. This area should be kept as public amenity space."
Maureen Rowcliffe-Quarry, Tewkesbury Borough Councillor, said the trees had been "some of the finest perry pear trees in the county".
"The parish council objected to the revised plans as did many others as the new plans do not allow sufficient room for the newly replanted trees to grow to maturity.
"It is all scandalous that the developer should be allowed to get away with it."
Tewkesbury Borough Councillor, Jude Perez, said: "I have spoken to a number of residents who objected to this application and who feel disheartened that their objections have not affected the decision."
Mark Wright, managing director of David Wilson Homes, said: "David Wilson Homes is sorry for the regrettable error."
He added: "As a result we worked hard to ensure that the planting of replacement trees at Kennel Lane was accordance with the wishes of Tewkesbury Borough Council."