Code of conduct to protect Reigate and Banstead trees

A Surrey council is aiming to protect more trees on private land with a voluntary code of conduct.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council said it followed concerns trees were being felled on development sites ahead of planning permission approval.

It wants developers and tree surgeons to "refrain from pre-emptive felling" and said replacement trees will have to be planted if permission is not given.

Councillor Mike Miller said some people thought they could do what they liked.

"There is still an element of greed by people who think that by clearing the site they can build more houses," he said.

Mr Miller said the borough was "one of the most heavily wooded" in the county with the biggest number of Tree Preservation Orders in place in England.

He said by drawing up the code of conduct he hoped developers would be more co-operative "because it makes for planning a development much easier with the borough's planning department".

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