Changes to the tree preservation order system in England, which safeguards trees of significant amenity value, came into force on 6th April.
The new Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation)(England) Regulations 2012 are not intended to reduce the level of tree protection but to make the tree preservation order (TPO) system simpler for local authorities to administer and easier to understand and fairer for tree owners.
They have replaced the Town and Country Planning (Trees) Regulations 1999, the Town and Country Planning (Trees) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008, and the Town and Country Planning (Trees) (Amendment No 2) (England) Regulations 2008.
A new TPO page on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website gives links to a summary of the main changes to the system, the new regulations (including the new model order) and a Word version of the new model order.
There is also a revised TPO information leaflet ‘Protected trees: A guide to tree preservation procedures’ to download here. This leaflet is being published online only and it is not necessary to get DCLG's permission to download, print or distribute it.