LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

Cutting 'Edge

Cutting 'Edge

Interesting to read the ‘high hedge quandary’ could soon be a thing of the past.  Unlike fences and walls, there is no restriction on planting hedges but they are a frequent cause of neighbour disputes. A new law allows complainants to apply for dispute resolution from the local council.  The new legislation will cover a hedge of two or more tree/shrubs of more than two metres in height.   Occupiers would have to show the height of the offending hedge adversely affected ‘reasonable enjoyment’ and that reasonable steps had been taken to resolve matters.  For a fee of £400, the local council will consider both the complainant’s and the hedge owner’s viewpoint before making a decision on whether or not the hedge height should be reduced.  Failure to comply could result in the work being carried out by the council with the owner being billed for the cost. It will be interesting to see how well this will work – certainly sounds good in theory.