Order to protect trees at Manor FarmBy Laura Herbert
August 01, 2012
A preservation order to protect trees on a farm in Finchampstead has been approved.
Wokingham Borough Council placed a tree preservation order (TPO) on a number of trees at Manor Farm, to which the owner objected.
The farm is within an Area of Special Landscape Importance and countryside and the order aims to protect the trees from being felled.
The landowner says the trees are virtually invisible from a public place and claimed that he did not have eight weeks to seek legal advice and submit his objection.
At the council’s planning committee last Wednesday, resident Sharon Hall said: “I have been a resident in the area for about 10 years and I have known the area since the mid-1970s.
“On behalf of the residents and the 20 objectors, we believe the TPO should be confirmed.
“It does affect the views, it is in an Area of special Landscape Importance and we feel it’s important we do want we can to make sure those things are recognised and make sure the trees are part of that and the views.
“Because of the development, we feel if the TPO is not accepted it is likely the owner would want to remove them all together.
“We feel if the trees remain there, which we feel is the right thing to do, the owner could potentially take them down because they could causing shading and shadowing over the fields.”
The committee followed the planning officer’s recommendation and unanimously approved the plans to continue the order.