Solution and outcome
Prior to any works taking place, we contacted Gateshead Council to confirm whether or not the tree had a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). Gateshead Council confirmed that there was no TPO on the tree and that we were free to proceed with any works that we deemed necessary.
In order to remove the direct contact issue between the tree and neighbouring property, we needed to crown reduce the tree by approximately 2m. Whilst undertaking the crown reduction works the tree was also crown raised to 5m in order to remove the branches which were obstructing the neighbours windows.