A HOUSEHOLDER who breached planning rules by chopping down trees without permission has been told to carry out replanting by council officials.
RMBC were called out to Well Lane in Whiston after receiving reports that the tree works had taken place, to the dismay of some neighbours.
They discovered “a number of semi-mature” hawthorn trees had been felled and other pruning and groundworks had been carried out.
A spokeswoman said: “The area is within a conservation area and if someone wishes to undertake works to a tree in a conservation area, they should notify the council of those works.
“The council then has six weeks either to approve the works or make a Tree Preservation Order.
“On this occasion, the owner did not notify the council that they were going to remove the trees and was therefore in contravention of the Planning Act.
“The landowner has been advised to stop any further works until they have applied for planning permission, and this will need to include a replanting scheme.”