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Councillor Stuart Barnes welcomes preservation order for Knapton Lane copse

The site of a planned housing development on the west edge of the city has been issued with a tree preservation order, protecting a section of the site from development.
 
The sensitive site at the end of Knapton Lane is the subject of development plans by Evans Property Group, who has previously said on another site that it respects areas of protected trees, indicating more than half the site will remain undeveloped.
 
Labour’s Acomb ward councillor Stuart Barnes welcomed due process being followed, giving clarity to local residents.  He said:
 
“Since the proposal came forward to develop this area off the end of Knapton Lane, there have been concerns from local residents not about the issue of development, but about the extent of such development and its impact on local wildlife and the willow trees that currently stand there. Having articulated those concerns to council officers, I’m pleased that a Landscape Architect has seen fit to post a Tree Preservation Order on part of the copse.
 
“It’s absolutely right that for any planned development that this assessment forms part of the process, if there is a doubt about the value of trees on a site.  Having reached this conclusion through the TPO, I now look forward to seeing what plans the landowner comes forward with, and hope it continues to work constructively with the council”.

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