Man fined £68,000 for clearing woodland without planning permission

Scorey's Copse in Horton Heath
A photograph of the woodland at Scorey's Copse in Horton Heath that was destroyed by the landowner (Image credit: Eastleigh Borough Council)

A man who destroyed ancient woodland without planning permission has been ordered to pay more than £65,000 for breaching a Tree Preservation Order.

Tree Preservation Orders, or TPOs, are an important consideration when applying for planning permission, and in some cases they can preclude development on a plot. 

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.