Distinctive Properties (Ascot) Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another

Town and country planning – Trees. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in dismissing the appellant's appeal, held that there was no merit in any of the points raised by way of challenge to the decision letter of the inspector appointed by the first respondent Secretary of State, in which he dismissed the appellant's appeal against a tree replacement notice. There was no force in the appellant's criticisms of the wording of the inspector's decision letter and, insofar as the second respondent local planning authority and then the inspector had relied upon the inclusion of 'seedlings/saplings' when arriving at an estimate of the number of trees on site before the clearance, they had not erred in law.

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