tree preservation order


An order made by a local authority or other planning authority to protect a tree, group of trees, area of (scattered) trees or woodland under Part VIII of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. There have been several amendments, the latest being the Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012. An order is generally made on the grounds of amenity and expediency. Anyone proposing works to a TPO tree must seek prior consent from the authority using the form 1APP. With the advent of the 2012 regulations, some of the detail in existing TPOs in England has been revoked.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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