Scottish Planning Series: Planning Circular 1 2011: Tree Preservation Orders

This Circular and attached annex set out Scottish Government Policy onTPOs and trees in conservation areas contained in the Town and Country Planning(Scotland) Act 1997, as amended by the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 and theTown and Country Planning


2. Both Scottish Ministers and the planning authority have a duty to ensure, whenever it is appropriate, that in granting permission for any development adequate provision is made, by the imposition of conditions, for the preservation or planting of trees.

3. Planning authorities have duties to:

  • make such tree preservation orders as appear to the authority to be necessary with the grant of such permission; and
  • from time to time to review any TPO and consider whether it is requisite to vary or revoke the TPO.
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