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Trees

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 9 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 6 December (WA 146), whether similar penalties apply in Northern Ireland in respect of the unlawful destruction of trees; and, if the penalties are not the same, what are the differences. [HL726]

The penalties set out in the legislation governing offences for non-compliance of tree preservation orders are similar in Northern Ireland and in England and Wales except that the maximum fine on summary conviction in Northern Ireland is £30,000 rather than the current £20,000 in England and Wales.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 6 December (WA 147–48), whether conditions identical to those in England apply in Northern Ireland in respect of planning applications subsequent to, or affected by, the unlawful destruction of trees; and, if the conditions are not the same, what are the differences. [HL727]

The conditions that apply are the same except that the requirement in Article 4(2A) of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, that planning applications shall be determined in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise, has not yet been brought into operation.