Trees in Conservation Areas are protected under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (Trees Regulation 1999). Felling a tree within a Conservation Area without giving the council six weeks written notice could carry heavy penalties and lead to prosecution.
To give notice of your intention to carry out any works on a tree which lies within a conservation area you will need to complete the application form Application for tree works: works to trees subject to a preservation order and/or notification of proposed works to trees in conservation areas (.pdf, 479Kb). Guidance notes (.pdf, 98Kb) are available to help you complete your application.
Trees and woodlands which contribute to the local environment can be protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). Trees in Conservation Areas have similar protection. It is an offence to cut down or damage a protected tree.
Section 197 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 places a duty on Local Planning Authorities to ensure that in granting planning permission for any development adequate provision is made by the imposition of conditions for the preservation or planting of trees.
Related policy documents
Policy EV2E in The Replacement Unitary Development Plan