yep, just found out that the tree in question is "council protected"
looks like it will be a major thorn in subdividing unless there are other ways to eliminate the tree..
a freind did tell me that drilling in copper nails kills the tree and the council are obliged to remove it......... just a passing comment!
With that tree is doesn't look so much that the trunk is a problem - seems to be enough room on the left for another driveway. The problem is the low swinging branches straight out to the left where in theory the driveway would be.