New Plans Submitted – 24 JulyToday it was reported in The Echo that new plans are under consideration, which avoid the detrimental effect on the oak trees. Here is a paragraph from the impact statement:
Plans to extend the hotel have been prepared, informed by an earlier tree survey. An earlier application for an extension (Ref: 8/18/3564/FUL) was refused on the grounds of the proposed extension would impact negatively on two protected oak trees. As a result, the proposed extension has been redesigned to eliminate both immediate and long-term impact on these trees. The revised extension is smaller and leaves a clear gap (5 metres) between the new extension and the existing trees. Here is a link to all of the new planning documents, and two relevant ones are below, reduced in size. There are no new photographs, as so far nothing has changed!
Plans Rejected – 24 AprilIt was in today’s Echo that the plans have been rejected because of the damage it might cause to two mature oak trees. Here is the article. All of the BCP Planning information can be read here. I have not quoted the Echo, which is linked above. However, here is the text of the refusal document:
Two Oak trees, that are the subject of Christchurch Council (1955 No. 71), Tree Preservation Order 1955 are located adjacent to the site. These trees make a positive contribution to the area’s verdant character and sylvan cover within the local landscape. A harmonious relationship will not be created with these trees and the proposed three-storey building. The level of unreasonableness is increased by bringing the built-form closer to these Oaks. There is already pressure to severely prune these trees in order to create a suitable distance between them and the proposed building and this gap will require regular pruning works. It is therefore inevitable that there be future pressure to either severely prune or fell these trees. Insufficient consideration has been given to the constraints placed on this site by these protected trees. The development is contrary to Policies HE2 and HE3 of Christchurch and East Dorset Local Plan 2014.
There are six months in which an appeal can be lodged, so it is a case of wait and see.