Before emigrating to Canada 40 years ago I worked for the (then) Sheffield Parks and Grounds Dept and after training at agricultural college I taught part time day horticulture programmes to parks workers in Sheffield and elsewhere in South Yorkshire.
Sheffield has always been well known for its urban trees - indeed for its whole parks and grounds system. The green city name was well deserved with an associated international reputation to boot.
Alright, some trees were planted without sufficient appraisal as to their future impact on their immediate surroundings such as underground services, shading, and interference with nearby buildings - but arboricultural technology is well established today and a suitable species/variety selected for a particular site is commonplace.
Instead of wholesale removal each tree should be considered on its own merits, such as site impact, health, with a notion of tree retention wherever possible; such considerations should be carried through by a knowledgeable, and unbiased group of arborists and others with experience in the field.
Alright, include representatives of developers as well but for goodness sake don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater! Yes, it will be time consuming and quite costly, but let’s do things the right way.
Peter G. Harvey