Plans approved to fell 10 trees at Ripon Inn
Last updated Feb 9, 2024
The Ripon Inn

A planning application to fell 10 decaying trees at the Ripon Inn has been approved.

The Inn Collection Group, which owns the Ripon site along with others venues including the Harrogate Inn and the Knaresborough Inn, submitted the proposal to North Yorkshire Council last month.

It came after an arboriculture survey by tree consultants Think Arb identified trees in need of surgery or removal.

The application said a total of 39 trees required attention, including 10 for removal, which are suffering from timber decay to roots and limbs.

In a decision notice uploaded on Tuesday, a planning officer said work “may go ahead”.

Think Arb wrote in the tree survey report, which was included in the initial application, that sycamore, common beech, elm and common ash were among the types of trees that will be affected. It added:

“This work varies in its scope from removal of debris around the base of trees, removal of deadwood and hanging branches, pruning work, full removal of trees and further investigation using sonic tomography.”

It also recognised the hotel sits within the Ripon Conservation Area and that “all the trees above 75mm in stem diameter are offered protection under Section 211 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990”.

A spokesperson for The Inn Collection Group told the Stray Ferret last month the work is “all part of our programme of maintenance and management of the grounds at The Ripon Inn”, adding:

“[It is] to keep this green space in good condition for visitors.

“The work is for a variety of reasons including the nurturing of some younger trees growing and maturing in the gardens through the removal of dead wood.”

They also said at the time the work would take five days to complete.

New application

A second application concerning trees at the site was submitted on Tuesday.

It outlines details of four more trees that require work, including two beech, a walnut and a sycamore tree. However, none of these trees look set to be felled.

In a document uploaded by tree consultants, Barnes Associates, it was recommended the walnut tree should be “managed into its decline”, adding:

“A replacement tree should be planted nearby to provide continuity of canopy cover.

“Ideally a canopy reduction of overextended limbs should take place. This will do two things; reduce the canopy area which will lower wind loading, and prevent the branches themselves from failing.”

North Yorkshire Council will adjudicate on this application at a later date.

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