All trees, regardless of their protected status, are a material consideration in a planning application. This means that where there are trees either on site or within close proximity to the site the council as local planning authority will consider them when making decisions on planning applications for that site.
Appropriate trees of good quality and value can greatly enhance new development, such as providing an immediate sense of maturity to the site. Trees also have many other social and environmental benefits. Trees reduce noise in cities by acting as a sound barrier. They also absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen.
It is therefore very important that an early assessment of the trees on and near to the site is carried out to identify appropriate trees for retention. The retained trees can then make up part of a tree constraints plan.