Six beautiful mature trees felled on Pentonville Rd

Pentonville_tree_crime Over the weekend six very large trees, each over 80yrs old, was felled outside of the new Nido development at the western end of Pentonville Rd. This has ruined the avenue of trees running up the hill and makes this ugly concrete thoroughfare even more harsh and uninviting.

Pentonville_without_trees I immediately contacted Jake Tibbetts of the tree service who went down to inspect the site. As far as he knows at present, the developers were only authorised to fell two trees, not six, and is therefore preparing to recommend Planning prosecute the developers to the full extent of the law if this is the case. Planning are doing a site inspection tomorrow when things should become clearer.

If the developers have breached their planning consent it is a tragic loss of beautiful trees, older than the vast majority of people living in the borough. If Islington council have allowed them consent to do this then the loss still stands. Either way I feel strongly that action is needed. Our trees and green spaces need stronger protection from developers and shoddy planning decisions. Their importance to the health and well-being of local residents needs to be respected and recognised and I personally never want to see something like this happen again.

When the facts become clearer at the end of tomorrow I will post an update and ideas for further action. Keep watching!
[by Sarah Ward, our Pentonville Road correspondent]

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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6 Responses to Six beautiful mature trees felled on Pentonville Rd

  1. I can clearly remember that the planning for this development was initially refused as a result of the trees. They always stated that they wanted to cut the trees down and there was uproar abotu this.

    It would be an excellent message for the council to throw the book at them for once and show that developers cannot get away with this type of wanton vandalism.

  2. Paul Convery says:

    This is absolutely shocking. It makes a complete mockery of the development control process. I have asked for a speedy report from the planners on any conditions relating to the trees. The planning permission was given in March 2002 – case number P012730 (200 Pentonville Road). It’s absolutely essential that the Council prosecutes them vigorously. This will be a very telling example of the Council’s determination to make developers understand that they have highly conditional consents.

  3. Jema Wrigley says:

    I too was completely shocked when I saw the tree stumps this week, however there is a sign on the fence of the development stating that they will be planting 6 more 11m tall trees to replace the ones they cut down. I did’t realise the trees were 80 years old, and I don’t think 11m tall trees are this mature?! I will be interested to follow this case. Thanks for bringing it to everyones attention.

    I have a friend who works for Trees for Cities and they may also be interested in getting involved.

  4. In addition to penalising this development company, they should be required to plant up at least four trees at the same level of maturity with a five year guarantee – if the trees fail within five years they have to be replaced again. Up with this we should not put.

  5. In addition to being formally penalised the property developer should be required to plant at least four trees at the same level of maturity as those they illegally felled, and to guarantee these trees for five years. If the trees fail within that period they should be required to replant. Up with this we should not put.

  6. Sarah Ward says:

    Quite simply, these trees are not replaceable. They were nearly 100 years old and it just isn’t possible to replace like with like.

    For our lifetimes at least, the avenue of trees can never grow back to how it was before last Sunday.

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