§ 66. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many applications for felling licences for hedgerow timber were received during the forest year ended 30th September, 1958; and how many were refused on grounds of good forestry or agriculture or local amenities, respectively.
§ Mr. John Hare
During this period the Forestry Commission received 1,773 applications for licences to fell hedgerow trees in England and Wales some of which also covered other felling. None of these applications was refused by the Forestry Commission. The Commission, however, consulted the local planning authorities in 537 cases and, as a result, eight applications were withdrawn and 50 were passed to the local planning authority who treated them as applications for consent under Tree Preservation Orders. Of the latter, in 19 cases the Tree Preservation Order was not made until after the initial consultation with the local planning authority.