Activists build tree houses in Shoreham to prevent trees from being felled

ACTIVISTS have built a tree house in a giant cottonwood tree to prevent developers from cutting it down.

The group, known as Poplar Front, set up camp in the derelict site of the former Shoreham Civic Center on Brighton Road, Shoreham on Saturday morning.

Mmebers said they would “stay as long as it takes”.

The 45-year-old poplar stands on the edge of the development, next to the Duke of Wellington Pub.

Activists have ‘occupied’ the 19 meter tall tree and are urging developer Hyde Housing to change plans to save it. They fear it could be scrapped in October or November.

The Argus: The Treehouse was erected on Saturday, August 27thThe tree house was erected on Saturday, August 27th

Darcy Harrison, spokeswoman for the group, said: “Our last resort is the cast on the basis that we want the council to listen to us.

“It doesn’t take into account anything related to the value of the tree.

“From our point of view, it’s lazy. They show indifference to climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the value the tree might have in the well-being of future residents.

“We want Hyde Housing to just listen to the public and make a little compromise on the design.

The Argus: Darcy Harrison is spokesman for the Poplar FrontDarcy Harrison is spokeswoman for the Poplar Front

“The location is fine, but we would like them to reconfigure it and reduce it by about five apartments.”

Hyde Housing originally planned an 11-storey tower with 171 apartments on the site, but this was withdrawn due to community concerns about the height.

The new building with 159 apartments will have nine to seven floors.

The plans were approved by Adur District Council in March.

The Argus: The tree is around 19 meters highThe tree is around 19 meters high

In the report, the tree officer said the poplar is a “prominent and well-established feature that contributes positively to the local character and landscape of the area and cannot easily be substituted”.

The official said while they “could not justify the loss of this tree,” the replacement trees “reflect its importance, maturity, stature and importance in the region.”

The ground floor of the development will be commercial rather than residential due to the risk of flooding in Shoreham.

The Argus: At the location of the group. Right, a warning from the group to be removedOn the group’s website. Right, a warning from the group to be removed

One of the commercial spaces is where the tree is.

Hyde Housing also plans to build nearly 200 properties across the street on the site of a car dealership.

Andy Hunt, senior development manager at Hyde Group, said: “We understand the deep feelings that the poplar is being felled.

The Argus: The wasteland where development will be. The tree can be seen at the edge of the site by the A259The brownfield site where the development will be. The tree can be seen at the edge of the site by the A259

“Our proposed program will allow for an extensive tree planting program along the Brighton Road and Ham Road boundaries of our site which will enhance the landscape and also support wildlife.

“The Adur District Council, which gave the necessary planning approval, has approved the removal of the tree and has ensured adequate tree planting as part of the plan throughout the planning process.

The Argus: Under the tree houseUnder the tree house

“Poplar trees have a typical lifespan of around 30 to 50 years and eventually need to be felled to protect local buildings. The development will provide 159 much-needed social and affordable housing for the local community in Shoreham.”

A spokesperson for the council said: “Of course this is a matter for the developer, but what we should say is that this was discussed in depth at a council planning committee meeting earlier this year, where the overall benefits of achieving 159 much-needed affordable were apartments on this site, 63 of which were for social rent, and the planting of 20 new trees were taken into account in the approval.”

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