The Law governing complaints about high hedges is contained in the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003. This Act gives Local Authorities the power to deal with complaints about hedges which are having an adverse effect upon a neighbour’s enjoyment of residential property.
The Local Authority can investigate relevant complaints and where appropriate, issue a Remedial Notice. Failure to comply with the Notice can result in prosecution and fines. The powers of the Notice are limited: a reduction in height to a level which will remedy the problem can be ordered, but cannot require either the complete removal of a hedge or even a reduction in height below the level of 2m.
As a rule, the questions of loss of light, intrusion and nuisance will be the main topics to consider. We can help you.... give us a call without obligation. We make no charge for the initial consultation and will be happy to talk to you on matters of this type (including Boundary Disputes) so that you can decide whether you need to engage our services or not. Sometimes you can settle these matters on your own, but sometimes it is better to engage a surveyor who will not be emotionally involved and will endeavour to achieve a resolution, mediating between the neighbours in a friendly and approachable manner throughout.
We work across the Southern Counties from Dorset through Hampshire, East Sussex, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. The New Forest, Southampton and Portsmouth districts are within a 35 mile radius of our main office. We make no charges for travelling; our surveyors will be in your vicinity on a regular basis. You may wish to follow this link: www.odpm.gov.uk/hedgeheightandlightloss