You do not usually need permission to plant a hedge in your garden, but you have a responsibility for looking after the height of the hedge so it doesn't unreasonably affect the enjoyment of adjacent properties.
If a neighbouring hedge is affecting the light to your property, the first thing to do is to talk to your neighbour. Even if you eventually ask the council to help with your complaint, you must have evidence that you and your neighbour have tried to come to a mutually acceptable agreement.
A leaflet is available with advice about talking to your neighbour called Over the Garden Hedge (PDF 1.04mb)
As well as this, there is also a leaflet entitled High Hedges: Complaining to the council (PDF 378kb) which explains what will happen if the council get involved.
The Council cannot accept a complaint until you have made every reasonable effort to discuss the problem with your neighbour. Approaching the Council should be a last resort.
You can only complain to the council to settle the dispute if:
To get a complaint form you can:
If a complaint is made about a hedge you own, we will write to you and you will have the opportunity to make comments to the council. Those comments will be taken into account when we determine the complaint.
Both hedge owners and the complainants will be able to appeal against the Council's decision (external link). However, if an enforcement order is made, failure to comply could result in the case being taken to the magistrate's courts and the person could be fined up to £1,000.
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