BTC/103/2015 - According to Barrell ... Trees are let down by UK planning system. Horticulture Week Opinion (June 2015)
The UK planning system does not work very well for trees. On the one hand, tree officers are often the first to go because of council cuts, forcing planners to become tree experts overnight, among their many other responsibilities. On the other, opportunistic developers are destroying trees faster than they are replaced, favouring profits today in exchange for creating tomorrow's concrete slums. This broken approach is depriving communities of the trees that make places better.