Arboricultural Assessments and Plans: AEIC

Arboricultural Assessments and Plans: AEIC

Project: An Arboricultural Impact Assessment and Tree Protection Plan to support full planning for the AIEC development at the existing Gogerddan Campus, on the outskirts of Aberystwyth.

Wharton Natural Advisor: Sebastian Onslow, Senior Arboricultural Consultant

Scale of project:

£40.5m development scheme featuring a bio-refining centre, future food centre, analytical science laboratories and a seed processing facility.   


  • Pre-application site meeting.

  • BS5837:2012 tree constraints survey.

  • Tree constraints plans and schedule.

  • Ongoing project liaison with design team and Tree Officer.

  • Arboricultural Impact Assessment and Tree Protection Plan.


Through early engagement with our client and the design team, the principal trees on the site were carefully integrated into the development scheme. This was of particular importance due to the site Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and those trees of veteran status which not only contributed to the landscape but also the site’s historic value too. Ongoing discussions with the LPA Tree Officer allowed for a collaborative approach to decision making and replanting proposals.    

Ceredigion County Council approved the planning application in December 2016. In conjunction with the construction of the new AIEC site, nearby highway widening works are proposed to serve the facilities. 

Additional facts: 

In October 2015, the University’s Penglais Campus became the first University campus in Wales to achieve the Green Flag Award. The Green Flag Award is a UK-wide partnership, delivered in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy and with the support from Natural Resources Wales;- the mark of a high quality park or green space


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