The 700-year-old 'diseased' tree at the heart of new build planning battle

The old tree shows few leaves and a dying state which is surrounded by other houses and a wooden garden gate in front
The 700-year-old tree which is at the centre of a planning row as developers seek to replace it with a housing project (Image credit: Google Street View)

A 700-year-old oak tree has become the centre of a planning row as developers seek to replace the historic landmark with a housing project.

The proposed plans put forth by the developers involve the removal of the ailing oak tree to make way for a new home, igniting a contentious debate regarding its preservation. 

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.