Planting of conifers alongside boundary hedge behind houses

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GwynDaf
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Planting of conifers alongside boundary hedge behind houses

Post by GwynDaf » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:19 pm

We are in a row of houses backing onto an open field.We have lived here for twenty years. In that time the hawthorn hedge has been maintained at about 1.8m high through the householders cutting and trimming their side and the fieldowner his side. This winter the fieldowner has fenced off a strip about 2m wide parallel to the hedge on his side and planted Norway Spruce at about 1m spacing in this belt. No problem at present but these are forest trees and will probably reach 3m height within 5 years and could go on to about 20m height within 20 years. This will adversely affect the householders and their properties. The fieldowners' attitude is that he can do as he likes on his property.
Any comments or advice would be appreciated.

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Re: Planting of conifers alongside boundary hedge behind houses

Post by mr sheen » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:04 pm

He is right, he can do as he wishes with his own land.

If the trees are left to grow to a height where they cause a problem, AND if they come under the High Hedge Legislation ,then, if he refuses to top them on asking you, can ask the Council to get involved at your expense but that is well down the line.

Norway Spruce are traditional Christmas Trees so he may be diversifying his farming strategy.

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Re: Planting of conifers alongside boundary hedge behind houses

Post by Collaborate » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:53 pm

They are highly unlikely to fall within the high hedges legislation unless you have a shallow garden.

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Re: Planting of conifers alongside boundary hedge behind houses

Post by Morgan Sweet » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:33 pm

I do not think that the high hedge legislation applies to agricultural land.

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Re: Planting of conifers alongside boundary hedge behind houses

Post by MacadamB53 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:56 pm

Morgan Sweet wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:33 pm
I do not think that the high hedge legislation applies to agricultural land.
think again

1)This Part applies to a complaint which—
(a)is made for the purposes of this Part by an owner or occupier of a domestic property; and
(b)alleges that his reasonable enjoyment of that property is being adversely affected by the height of a high hedge situated on land owned or occupied by another person.
(2)This Part also applies to a complaint which—
(a)is made for the purposes of this Part by an owner of a domestic property that is for the time being unoccupied, and
(b)alleges that the reasonable enjoyment of that property by a prospective occupier of that property would be adversely affected by the height of a high hedge situated on land owned or occupied by another person


Kind regards, Mac

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Re: Planting of conifers alongside boundary hedge behind houses

Post by Morgan Sweet » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:07 pm

MacadamB53 wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:56 pm
Morgan Sweet wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:33 pm
I do not think that the high hedge legislation applies to agricultural land.
think again

1)This Part applies to a complaint which—
(a)is made for the purposes of this Part by an owner or occupier of a domestic property; and
(b)alleges that his reasonable enjoyment of that property is being adversely affected by the height of a high hedge situated on land owned or occupied by another person.
(2)This Part also applies to a complaint which—
(a)is made for the purposes of this Part by an owner of a domestic property that is for the time being unoccupied, and
(b)alleges that the reasonable enjoyment of that property by a prospective occupier of that property would be adversely affected by the height of a high hedge situated on land owned or occupied by another person


Kind regards, Mac
Thanks for the clarification.

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