Since 1 June 2005 we have had the authority to deal with nuisance high hedges under a provision of the Antisocial Behaviour act 2003.
There are some important points to note about these powers:
- They only apply to evergreen or semi-evergreen hedges more than two metres high.
- The height has an adverse affect on the reasonable enjoyment of your domestic property.
- We can only deal with a complaint if you have taken reasonable steps to settle the dispute yourself. Making a formal complaint should be a last resort.
- You will have to pay a fee of £450 to the council to have a formal complaint considered. This is reduced to £100 if you are receiving certain benefits. This will be non-refundable even if your complaint is upheld.
There is a great deal of information about the legislation on the Planning Portal website.