A HOMEOWNER bidding to fell a protected tree experts say could damage their house could find themselves disappointed.

Proposals to chop down a mature cherry tree in the front garden of a home, on the corner of Hermitage Street and Parker Street in Rishton, is set to be discussed by Hyndburn Council’s trees subcommittee.

The applicant is seeking to fell the tree on the grounds that it is blocking sunlight and is too close to the house.

They also claim the tree branches knocking on the window of their children’s room disturbs their sleep.

The applicant is seeking to replace it with a lawned garden and flower beds.

A tree surgeon consulted by the applicant said in time the roots will crack the foundations, while the tree is blocking sunlight in the lounge and bedroom.

They added: “It’s clear to see the house will stain green on the side. Branches are almost touching the roof and slightly impede on the neighbour’s side.”

But council bosses say the tree is in good condition and is prominent, contributing positively to the look of the street. Members are being recommended to refuse consent to fell the tree because the positives outweigh the impact the tree is having on the applicant.

In a report to go before the committee, arboricultural officer Katy Morley said: “The applicant has removed soil from the base of the tree and parks vehicles around the base of the tree.

“Over time, these works are likely to have a detrimental impact on the health of the tree and could result in its death.

“The tree can clearly be seen from surrounding streets in particular Parker Street and Hermitage Street.

“The tree stands out particularly due to its position and stature in relation to the neighbourhood being one of few trees which were possible to retain and provides a significant contribution to the character and appearance of the area.

“Mature trees contribute towards making an area an attractive place to live, and in any event, the residents would have purchased the property in the knowledge of the presence of the tree, and the setting to which it contributes.”