Neighbour's high hedges
A high hedge is any two evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs growing next to each other which are taller than two meters.
The Government issued high hedges legislation in June 2005. This comes under part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003. The new legislation is aimed at setting disputes where a hedge is more than two metres tall, and can be considered to obstruct light or views.
The right hedge can be ideal garden boundary, but the wrong hedge may bring problems. Complainants are expected to settle the dispute themselves. Contacting the council and making a high hedges complaint should be seen as a last resort if all other options to resolve the dispute have been unsuccessful.
What we can do
Before the Council has to become involved, written evidence will be expected to be provided to us to show attempts have been made to settle a dispute, even if the argument over a hedge has gone on for years.
We can even refuse to intervene if it considers that those involved have not done everything they can to try to settle the dispute themselves.
Our role is to act as an independent and impartial adjudicator in those cases, which people cannot settle for themselves. We cannot, therefore, negotiate or mediate between you and your neighbour.
What you can do
The form and guidance notes are also available direct from the Trees & Landscape Team on 01895 277556 or Planning reception on 01895 250834 or 01895 250574.
Leaflets about the new legislation for 'Over the Garden Hedge' and 'High Hedges: Complaining to the Council' are available from Department of Communities and Local Government