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hedgesaver
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boundary hedge

Post by hedgesaver » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:45 pm

My nieghbours have just removed 3m of our 'shared' hedge completely as it was in the way of their full width back extension. the hedge was planted around 100 years ago along the boundary line and we both have a duty to 'care for the boundary hedges'. It does not say anywhere that they cannot be removed, but I am outraged that they did this.
Can anyone advise me on how to move forward with this? They have offered to replant a hedge along the boundary line after they have finished building. I am concerned that there won't be room for it to grow.
It was a beech hedge and at the base was around 4-6 inches on the trunk. How wide are the trunks on a 'new mature hedge'? How much soil do they need to grow and can I expect to ever be what it was? We expect that there will be 10" width of soil for it to grow in.

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Re: boundary hedge

Post by despair » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:29 pm

if they are building that close to the hedge does it also come under the Party Wall Act

Check very carefully as they may need to use the PWA but are ignoring it

Check their planning too because their soffits /fascias and gutters MUST NOT trespass across the boundary

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Re: boundary hedge

Post by Fairperson » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:42 pm

I'm sorry that I don't have the knowledge to advise you.

I'm just emailing to commiserate, and express regret that something irreplaceable, of age and beauty, has been destroyed.

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Re: boundary hedge

Post by hedgesaver » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:08 pm

They have said that their building will be 4" on other side of boundary so they ought to be careful about their overhangs within this space. I will check about party wall thing, but what can I do about it now anyway? Even if we take legal action, they can't replace the hedge to what it was. Everything seems to be a compromise. I actually think they pulled it out quickly and without consent, because if they didn't remove the hedge they couldn't build their building. Simple as that. Reading through older posts here I had better check out the 45 degree rule and right to light as well. It is a semi.
:(

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