A DEVELOPER has been granted permission to cut down protected Sycamore trees on a Cradley Heath estate.

Dunedin Haden Cross can fell seven protected trees on land off Haden Cross Drive.

The firm applied for permission from Sandwell Council saying that the trees are "susceptible to collapse/windthrow" "due to their poor health/condition, root plate heave and unsecure ground condition."

The seven Sycamore trees, which have TPOs (tree preservation orders) on them, are at the top of a bank.

The application has been approved by planners at Sandwell Council on the condition that the developer plants 25 replacement Sycamore trees within this planting season.