Due to changing family requirements I need to extend the family home, the only direction that I can go is in the path of a protected tree.
Moving isn’t really an option as I couldn’t afford to purchase back into the suburb and I am not about to move the kids away from their school or friends.
I have lodged a Tree Damaging activity form, but development is not one of the grounds for removal of a tree. I tried negotiating, by agreeing to plant more trees elsewhere on the block but I have been advised that there is no leeway with the legislation. They have advised that the only path that I have is to lodge a development application.
I have had several meetings with ACTPLA but they seem to speak a different language. There doesn’t appear to be a clearly defined criteria on what you need to meet in order to get permission to remove a protected tree on development grounds.
The builders I have spoken to are also perplexed with how to successfully go about the process.
Could someone please give me some pointers on how you successfully get a protected tree removed on development grounds.
Is anyone aware of anyone that can I engage to act in the role of an advocate to assist me through this process?