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Planning - high hedges

Hedgerow Removal and High Hedges Legislation Summary Hedgerow Regulations 1997 From 1 June 1997 it is an offence to remove most countryside hedgerows.

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To get permission to remove a hedgerow, you must notify your local Council in writing - using this notification form. If the authority decides to prohibit removal - it must notify you within 6 weeks. If you remove a hedgerow without permission, you may be prosecuted and have to plant a replacement hedge. An explanatory leaflet is available at the Council Offices or guidance may be viewed on the Communities and Local Government Web Site

High Hedges Legislation

Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 introduced controls by local authorities on high hedges that cause light loss to neighbouring properties.

In the first instance you are expected to attempt to negotiate a solution with your neighbour, and the Council will only accept a complaint if it is satisfied that you have made a genuine attempt to do so.


Guidance and documents may be obtained from the Communities and Local Government Web Site Here.

The Planning Enforcement Officers are designated for dealing with Hedgerow Removal Notices and High Hedges for further assistance please telephone:- 01756 706470

Contact Details
Contact name: Trees Officer
Telephone Number: 01756 706459
Email: trees@cravendc.gov.uk