EB8: Protecting trees and woodland

New development should protect trees from damage or loss. Development which may impact on trees should be accompanied by a tree survey that establishes the health and longevity of the trees. Trees of good arboricultural and amenity value will be protected from development.

Legislation requires that when granting planning permission for any development, adequate provision is made, by the imposition of conditions, for the preservation or planting of trees. Trees are an important element of the character of the plan area, including within the conservation area. As a result, a number of trees across the plan area are covered by tree preservation orders, these are identified within the East Boldon Community Character Statement and the built and historic environment background paper.

However, the forum has identified a number of additional significant mature trees of heritage and amenity value within the plan area as a result of their age, historic significance, visual prominence or position. These are detailed within the built and historic
environment background paper and are listed below for completeness. It should be noted that the list should not be regarded as being exhaustive, as there are many other examples of trees of amenity value in and around the village, many of which are located
outside the conservation area.

Significant mature trees within the plan area include:
• War memorial, Front Street – 43 mature trees of visual and historic importance;
• Gordon Drive / Front Street junction (east) – three significant mature trees in small area of public open space;
• Gordon Drive/ Front Street junction (west) – six significant mature trees in small area of public open space;
• St George’s Church – 29 mature trees within the church grounds;
• East Boldon Infants School – two mature trees to the front of the school;
• Vanbrugh House, Front Street – two mature trees at side/ rear and one at front;
• 8, 9 and 10 Ashleigh Villas – three mature trees;
• Grange Park, Front Street – numerous mature historic trees in the original parkland and the demolished villa’s former garden;
• 6 Lorne Terrace, Front Street – one mature tree;
• 70 Front Street (Boldon House) – two mature trees behind front boundary wall to side garden;
• Gordon Drive (full length, both verges) – curved avenue of mature cherry trees;
• East Boldon Junior School – 11 mature trees at the front elevation;
• 3, 12, 13, 16, 17 and 18 Station Road – six mature trees;
• 1 and 2 The Terrace – two mature trees;
• 11 Struan Terrace (Alfred Pallas) – two mature trees;
• 12 Struan Terrace – one mature tree;
• 1-2 St Bede’s – one mature tree outside Blacks Corner and Volare;
• 15, 16, 17, 19 and 29 St Bede’s – five mature trees;
• Station Approach/ Glencourse – six semi mature trees;
• 2 Charlcote Terrace – two mature trees at the side of the property;
• 18 Langholm Road – two mature trees;
• Black Plantation, near Quarry Hill – large, square shaped wood, dense mix of largely deciduous mature trees, identified by South Tyneside Council as a local wildlife site.

South Tyneside Council has suggested that there could be opportunities for new and additional tree planting on council owned land. The forum has submitted suggestions for tree planting priorities to the council and these are identified within the background paper.

Policy EB8 identifies how the legislation should apply across the plan area. It will assist with the delivery of plan objectives 2 and 3.