Posted: 03/01/2015 at 10:45
Good news Phillipa - hope it works out well for you - glad you kept your head & are working towards to an amicable solution - much better all round
You might find it helpful to look at your LA website to get some information about their stance on TPO's. Our LA takes a very pragmatic view that (whilst it is important to protect and maintain trees of beauty & a certain stature) it is actually more important to ensure people can live happily and safely with them.
Consequently, they rarely seem to refuse well-made applications for tree maintenance. They will also allow a tree to be felled if it can be shown that it is dangerous or causing other trees to not thrive (by cutting out light, competing for water etc). A lot will depend on how good the application is and the mind set of the TPO officer.
If you have any influence over the choice of tree surgeon it might be worth using a company used by your LA to carry out work in public spaces (parks / along highways etc) - they will have lots of experience of making submissions to carry out work on trees protected by TPOs and will also be well qualified to carry out the work without further damage to either your or your neighbour's property.