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High Hedges and Hedgerows

If you have an issue with a neighbours' hedge, you can contact us to investigate the matter. We can investigate hedges that are: 

  • over 2 metres in height
  • forming a line of at least 2 trees or shrubs 
  • obstructing light
High Hedge Legislation

It is important to note that the legislation states:

  • That it is not required that all hedges are cut down to a height of 2 metres.
  • You do not have to get permission to grow a hedge above 2 metres.  
  • When a hedge grows over 2 metres we do not automatically take action, unless a justifiable complaint is made. 
  • If you file a complaint, it does not follow automatically that we will order your neighbour to reduce the height of their hedge.  We have to weigh up all the issues and consider each case on its merits.
  • The legislation does not cover single or deciduous trees. 
  • We cannot require the hedge to be removed.   
  • The legislation does not guarantee access to uninterrupted light. 
  • There is no provision to serve an Anti-social Behaviour Order (ASBO) in respect of high hedge complaints.

Making a complaint about high hedges

You should always try to resolve issues regarding neighbours high hedges yourself directly with the hedge owner. If this is not successful or you have exhausted all other avenues you may make a formal complaint to us. 

How to make a complaint

If you wish to make a high hedge complaint or would like some further advice about our service, you can contact the Planning Enforcement Team by downloading and completing the High Hedge Complaint Form and checklist below. 

How the process works

We will not mediate or negotiate between you and the hedge owner but will adjudicate on whether the hedge is adversely affecting your reasonable enjoyment of your property. In doing so, we take in to account all relevant factors and strike a balance between the competing interests of yourself and the hedge owner, as well as the interests of the wider community.

If we consider the circumstances justify it, we will issue a formal notice to the hedge owner which will set out what they must do to the hedge to remedy the problem, and when by. 

Failure to carry out the works required is an offence which, on prosecution, could lead to a fine of up to £1000.  

Fees

The current cost of a complaint is £350.00.

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Last updated 17 August 2021
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