No fundamental breach of planning consent
Bird nesting concerns a matter for the Police and Natural Resources Wales
Cardiff Council have responded to widespread public concern and anger at the felling of mature Sycamores on public land by private developers during nesting season with the following letter:
“In response to your query regarding the removal of trees at Penhill House, Officers have promptly investigated the situation.
“At the outset, it appears that the trees removed accord with those shown for removal on the consented scheme at Penhill House. All pre-commencement conditions have been discharged and the consented scheme showed the removal of a number of Sycamore trees which appear to have been the trees recently removed.
“The approved plans also show the retention of other trees and landscaping along the boundary to Llandaff Fields including the large Sycamore on the northern edge, large Lime in the middle section and other laurel and mature trees which form a distinctive boundary towards Penhill Road. Replacement landscaping details also form part of the consented scheme.
“The decision to approve the proposal was taken at Planning Committee in the knowledge of the above information.
“Officers are currently investigating the details and circumstances of the method/operational matters in relation to the removal works and seeking input from relevant parties to establish the precise details, along with appropriate response and a further update will be provided once this work has been completed. However, it would appear that there has been no fundamental breach of the planning consent in that no trees shown for retention appear to have been removed.
“With regard to bird nesting concerns, this issue is not covered by a Planning Condition but would be a matter for the consideration of the Police and Natural Resources Wales who would need to investigate if there had been a breach of Wildlife legislation.”
Justin Jones BA(Hons), MSc, MSc, MRTPI
Planning, Transport and Environment