The High Hedges Legislation forms part of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, (Part 8) High Hedges (Appeals) (England) Regulations 2005 (SI2005/711) and it came into force on the 1st June 2005.
It gives us the power to tell owners and occupiers of domestic properties with high hedges to reduce the height of those hedges, if height of it is adversely affecting a neighbour. The hedges would have to affect the neighbour's reasonable enjoyment of their property by forming a barrier to light and access.
It only applies to complainants in domestic properties, not commercial occupiers. But residents can complain about hedges in commercial properties.
We have to decide whether the height is adversely affecting the neighbour.
It can only require reduction in height, not complete removal.
The owner or occupier of the property can be served/made to take action if it is considered necessary.
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