Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:01
Investigate who applied for the TPO. It might have been the builder, in order to get planning permission, in which case you are up against it, or one of the neighbours - possibly across the road - so that it would mask the new houses.
TPOs can be overturned, but you have to make a calm and considered case. In another 20 years this thing could be in through the bedroom window, you'd have to have the lights on all day, and the garden would be wholly devoted to one plant.
You must try to get this Order quashed, as the house will be increasingly difficult to resell.
I'm not a great fan of buying unseen off plan.