Decision details

Development Panel - WTPO/2019/0017 - Land adjacent to Old Pump House Papcastle Road Papcastle Cockermouth - Pruning works to trees protected by TPO

Decision Maker: Development Panel

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




The applicant Sheila Prescott spoke in support of the application.




The report recommended that the application for the works to the trees is approved.


The Planning Officer introduced the item and went through the main issues as detailed in the report reminding members that they had just resolved to confirm the TPO.


An application was to carry out pruning works to a Sycamore tree and Horse Chestnut tree within land at The Pumphouse, Papcastle. The application sought permission to reduce the crown of the Sycamore tree by up to 30% and to reduce a limb affecting the stone boundary wall of the Horse Chestnut to a point where the trees limb forks and to reduce its crown by 10 – 15%. Officers consider that the proposed works are acceptable.


Members noted the representations received in respect of the application, the main grounds of which were set out in the report.


Members asked questions of the speaker and debate ensued in relation to the impact of the works on the nearby bank. There was specific debate about whether the works went far enough, balancing the need to protect the trees from falling (with the consequent danger to residents) and preserving their amenity value.


Councillor Grainger moved the motion to approve


The motion was seconded by Councillor Horsely


A vote was taken on the motion to approve, 11 voted in favour, 0 against and 0 abstentions.


The motion was carried.




The application for works to the trees is approved.




Report author: Susan Hanley

Publication date: 28/08/2019

Date of decision: 27/08/2019

Decided at meeting: 27/08/2019 - Development Panel

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