We have a garden that would lend itself to a self-build but there are a number of mature trees on the land. None of them have TPOs and we do not live in a conservation area. In order to build in the best place we would have to remove at least 3 of the trees, probably a couple more in order to put in a drive way. I’d appreciate some advice on the best way to proceed in order to get planning permission. Should we cut down the trees now and then apply for planning? We are worried that the neighbours might contact the council if we start this and then we find there are TPOs. Are there any restrictions on cutting down mature trees? We have removed other trees without any problems.