IN A SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT CARDIFF COUNCIL’S TREE OFFICER HAS CALLED FOR ALMOST ALL THE MATURE TREES ON THE SUFFOLK HOUSE SITE TO BE FELLED – DESPITE THEM BEING SPECIFICALLY UNDER CONSERVATION AREA STATUS
Members of Cardiff council’s planning committee will decide the fate of the trees this Wednesday (13 February). In a report to the committee the tree officer raised no objections to the proposals of greedy develoopers Quin and Co to fell the trees and wrote:
Under the current iteration, a total of x12 new trees will be planted comprising x2 of ultimately spreading form (Ostrya carpinifolia, Tilia tomentosa ‘Brabant’) x3 of naturally fastigiated form (Acer lobelii), x4 fastigiated cultivars (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’, Fagus orientalis ‘Iskander’) and x3 upright trees (Ginkgo biloba ‘Magyar’, Malus trilobata). Of these, the Fagus, Ostrya, Tilia and Ginkgo are best described as large trees and the Acer, Liquidambar and Malus as medium-large, and taken with the existing retained trees (holm oak, weeping lime and Lawson’s cypress), the tree-scape will be diverse in terms of species and form.
In terms of numbers and diversity the proposed planting more than offsets the loss and therefore could reasonably be considered to enhance the character of the Conservation Area. What the planting does not do is preserve the character of the Conservation Area as it is currently defined by the spreading beech and lime on the Romilly Road frontage. However, the style of planting is well-suited to the dwellings proposed, and the combined impact in terms of the trees proposed and the retained trees adds up to the same or greater in terms of overall ultimate canopy cover. A line of fastigiated trees set back from the boundary in sufficient root available soil should thrive without conflicting with the dwellings or boundary wall, and will have been designed at the same time as the dwellings, whereas the current tree-scape seems to have no clear, harmonious relationship with the existing built form, both elements functioning separately rather than as a whole.
The anonymous author of the reports makes the following claim:
Taking the above into consideration and when considering that the proposal seeks to bring a vacant locally listed villa, which is in a poor state or repair, back into beneficial use, the removal of the trees, is on balance, considered acceptable, subject to the replacement landscaping provisions proposed.
Local resident Ceri Williams said:
“It is disgraceful that a so-called ‘tree officer’ should recommend the destruction of over 15 mature trees in a conservation area. I have every faith that the members of the planning committee will over turn this appalling recommendation.”
The planning committee will take its decision at 10.30am in County Hall, Cardiff on Wednesday 13 February. Concerned members of the public are encouraged to attend.