Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited, Green Park Station, Green Park Road, City Centre, Bath
The site of proposed tree works is the south-west boundary of Sainsburys, situated within the Bath conservation area and World Heritage Site. This area of tree coverage also forms part of an important green, ecological river corridor through the city and borders a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI). The retention of a mature, well-developed tree canopy in this area is of significance to the river as a key habitat, as well as the social and community values of the riverside path as a well-used pedestrian and cyclist route and amenity space.
The principle of sensitive pruning/clearance works to ensure public safety is accepted. However, as proposed, there is a lack of clarity as to the scope of works, and subsequently how the green river corridor may be affected. It is proposed to “cut back all overhanging vegetation along boundary adjacent to midland bridge road and along canal footpath between bridges to a height of 2.4m”; it is unclear as to whether this would constitute crown raising works or reduction works “to a height of 2.4m”. We welcome provision of further details as to the degree of pruning works, possibly indicated on the existing photos provided. We maintain that whilst it is important to ensure the safety of pedestrians and vehicles, that the green qualities of this area of the conservation area are appropriately sustained and enhanced.