A DEVELOPER has offered to plant dozens of trees throughout Sonning Common in return for planning permission for two houses.
James Stone, of Lambourne Road, had applied to develop a piece of land in Grove Road where there is currently a disused commercial building.
But his application was not supported by South Oxfordshire District Council’s forestry officer Matt Gulliford who says Mr Stone should mitigate the loss of 17 beech trees on the site.
In 2012 the district council removed a preservation order on the trees but imposed a condition that they must be replaced if they were removed.
Now Mr Stone has offered to plant a copse of 19 trees on the site and about 80 others around the village, subject to the approval of landowners.
Mr Stone, who has already planted six cherry trees at Chiltern Edge School, asked the parish council to suggest sites for the trees.
Its suggestions included the new skate park at Bishopswood Sports Ground, Lea Road play area, Baskerville Road play area, Churchill Crescent play area and a site in Wood Lane owned by the council.
Any new trees are required to be native to Britain, such as beech, field maple, wild cherry and holly.
The council supports Mr Stone’s application.