Decision details

Council Owned Tree and Woodland Management Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A review of the Council’s existing tree and woodland management policy identified that it now requires reviewing, and updating. This review work resulted in a redevelopment of the existing documents to provide a new progressive policy. Reflecting new national policy and better aligned with current Kirklees’ commitments and corporate goals.


Engagement and consultation has been undertaken with the new document package now drawn together into a finalised draft. Including Policy Statements, an updated Risk Framework, Management Standards and Service Standards.


This new, replacement, policy suite now requires Cabinet consideration with a view making a decision on:

-       If the policy should be formally adopted.

-       If adopted, delegating the authorisation of future updates and revisions, to the Service Director for Highway and Street Scene. To allow the document to be kept up to date and aligned with any changes to national or local policies, legislation, and guidance during the life cycle of the Council Owned Tree and Woodland Management Policy. As per the review schedule set out at section 14 of the new policy document suite. 


Background Papers: Draft Council Owned Tree and Woodland Management policy (with the draft Tree Risk Framework, Management Standards, Service Standards embedded within it). 


RESOLVED – That the Council Owned Tree and Woodland Management Policy be adopted and that authority be delegated to the Service Director for Highways and Streetscene to make any future updates to the policy document.

Publication date: 15/11/2023

Date of decision: 14/11/2023

Decided at meeting: 14/11/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/11/2023

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