Thursday 29 September 2005 1.06pm
A quick Google ("tree preservation order" regulation) reveals the ODPM website http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_urbanpolicy/documents/page/odpm_urbpol_607978.hcsp
and a document called "Tree Preservation Orders: a guide to the law and good practice" which includes the statement:
"Local Authority Land
2.12 LPAs may make TPOs in respect of their own trees or trees under their control. "
The same document also says "5.5 Whether or not specific tree policies are included in development plans, the effect of a proposed development on trees and other landscape features is a material consideration. The Act places a duty on LPAs, where appropriate, to ensure they make adequate provision for the preservation and planting of trees when granting planning permission by imposing conditions and making TPOs"
I cannot do italics here but in the original the word "duty" is italicised for emphasis. Clear enough, I think.