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Trees to be protected by site for 15 homes

Thomas Percy Wood in Alnwick which residents have tried to get protected

Thomas Percy Wood in Alnwick which residents have tried to get protected

Woodland adjacent to a site in Alnwick that has planning permission for 15 homes is set to have its temporary protection extended.

A provisional Tree Preservation Order (TPO) was made upon a group of trees on land adjacent to the former Thomas Percy Middle School in September last year following a request by Alnwick Town Council.

It followed fury from residents in March after workmen moved on site to upgrade underground pipes, which resulted in trees being damaged and, in some cases, completely knocked over.

At the time, Ken McDonald said he had been trying to get the copse of oak, sycamore, ash and cherry preserved since November 2010.

Now, members of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee are recommended to approve a full TPO at tonight’s meeting in order to ‘ensure protection of the trees and the retention of this landscape feature’.

 

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