The right hedge can be an ideal garden boundary and help to bring wildlife in to your garden. The wrong hedge can cause you or your neighbours problems such as subsidence and loss of light.
The following information provides a guide to what you need to do and powers we have to help you if a high hedge is causing you concern.
We only get involved after you have tried to find a solution. Evidence of this will need to be in your application.
The council can be involved if:
We cannot get involved if the hedge is causing you concern about subsidence or other matters not related to the height of the hedge.
Involving the council should be your last resort and applications will be returned with your fee if you have not gone through the steps outlined above and have not answered yes to all questions asked within the leaflet High Hedges: complaining to the council.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has produced guidance called 'Over the garden hedge' which provides useful information. In particular, the section 'How can I engage my neighbour in reducing the height of their hedge?'' may help you to resolve the issue.
Please read the High Hedges application guidance notes first and then complete a High Hedges application form and return it to the Planning Enforcement Team.
Further information is available from the High Hedges: complaining to the council leaflet on the GOV.UK website
Either party has the right to appeal the decision made by the council. Information on the appeal process can be found in High Hedges: appealing against the council's decision.
You will be required to pay a fee of £359.95. There is no procedure to claim the fee back from the hedge owner. Once an application is accepted the fee cannot be refunded.
Once a complaint has been received and considered as to whether it meets the legal tests, we will write to explain the process. The process in brief in set out below:
Any action will be published in a formal 'remedial notice' giving the measures to be taken and when such works should be done. This may include preventative action to ensure that there is no recurrence of the adverse affect.
A remedial notice can be amended, withdrawn or the council can waive or relax a requirement of the notice. While the remedial notice has effect it will be a local land charge and shall be binding on every person who is for the time being an owner or occupier of the land specified in the notice.
Compliance and Enforcement Team
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