Trees in a Conservation area
All trees within a conservation area that have a trunk diameter of 75mm (approximately 3 inches) or more are protected.
Unauthorised work to a tree protected by a TPO or a tree in a conservation area is a criminal offence.
How do I apply to carry out works to a tree within a conservation area?
If you want to carry out work to protected trees within a conservation area you must give us at least six weeks' written notice of the work you propose to do.
In certain situations, we may place a TPO on a tree to stop work being done.
To notify us submit a Tree Works Application online via the Planning Portal.
If you would rather submit your application by post, please download and complete the "Tree Works: Trees in Conservation area/ subject to TPOs" application form and send it to:
Planning Services, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LZ.
What happens if I do the work without permission?
If you prune a tree without consent you may be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500. If you destroy a tree without consent you may be fined up to £20,000.