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Felling of two trees on ‘triangle field’ did not breach order

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THE felling of two trees on La Pointe Field, Vale, yesterday did not breach any protection order according to the owner.

The felling of trees on La Pointe was not in breach of a protection order as they were diseased. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28554928)

Hillstone Guernsey Ltd has been attempting for two years to get permission to build homes on the field opposite the entrance to the Braye Road Industrial Estate.

A revised application in June 2019 for six houses was turned down in March this year.

The application was rejected on the grounds that the 46 trees around the site were protected.

The tree protection order was imposed five months after the application was submitted.

Simon Holland, from the developer, said that as part of the assessment of trees on the site, States arboricultural officer Andrew McCutcheon had found that two trees were diseased and in need of urgent felling.

Mr Holland said the company was only complying with a subsequent order from the director of planning services that this must be done.

The initial proposal, to put eight dwellings on the site, was rejected in mid-2019 after eight months of consideration.

Hillstone Guernsey Ltd is appealing against the latest refusal and Mr Holland said it was hoped that could be heard by an independent panel next month.

Nigel Baudains

By Nigel Baudains
News reporter

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