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Getting permission to remove hedgerows

We can control the removal of hedgerows and consider hedgerows in dealing with development proposals.

Submitting an application  

The application process for this can take up to 28 days. 

We will establish whether the hedgerow concerned is 'important'. We employ specialist ecologists to advise on this.

If a hedgerow is found to be 'important', we will serve a Hedgerow Retention Notice prohibiting its removal. This is a legal document and it is an offence to disregard such a Notice.

If it is found not to meet the criteria of 'important', or the 28-day period passes without a notification being made, the removal of the hedge may proceed. 

Last updated 13 September 2021
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