Since brought a Private Members Bill to the House of Commons on 15th July that wishes to enforce the planting of tree-lined streets on all new developments, the Government has indicated that it intends to make this law. The Housing Secretary, MP Robert Jenrick has made it clear that although planning permission will be simpler to get, a better quality of developments will be required.
The new White Paper; Planning for Future proposes that all new streets should be tree-lined and “all new homes to be carbon-neutral by 2050, with no new homes delivered under the new system needing to be retrofitted”.
This is great news – trees bring multiple benefits for all those who live, work, and play in the area. However, overwhelming evidence shows that it is only healthy established trees that can bring these benefits; so how can we guarantee that every tree has the chance to achieve long term potential?
And what defines a tree-lined street? One tree per 10 meters? Both sides of the street? What tree species? And how long are the trees supposed to live for? These issues need clarification, as too often great designs are value engineered and poor street scenes ensue.