If you have a boundary hedge running through your garden or a garden hedge of your own that needs removing, you might be wondering if you would need planning permission for the removal of hedges.
While you don't need planning permission to remove your private hedge, some are protected hedges, so you would need to check yours is not protected by the law, same goes if your hedge runs across the main road or is a boundary hedge, as both neighbours would need to be in agreement of the removal.
So as you can decide whether or not you might need planning permission to remove your hedge or even plant one in your garden we have composed a short information guide below to help you out.
You have every right to remove a hedge in your garden if it is your own and is not shared on the property boundary with your neighbour, you should also check in the property deeds that it is possible to remove the hedge without having to contact the authority for permission.
If your hedge makes contact with your local road or village side you will be able to remove the hedge only with permission from the local council.
As long as you planted the hedge in your garden you have total control to remove the hedges without permission needed.
Although it is unlikely you will ever need planning permission to remove a hedge, there are some situations where you might need to contact appropriate authorities to do so or have a conversation with your reasonable neighbours, we have listed a few situations where you might not be able to remove a hedge on your property below.
First of all, you need to ensure that your hedge in your garden is not shared with your neighbour, if it is, then you will need to ask the neighbours about property deeds as well as if they would be happy for you to remove it.
As this hedge is technically shared, both parties would have to agree to remove the plant.
If your hedge is part of the town or land next to a street or highway, you might need to seek council approval to make sure you can remove the hedge without any issues occurring, however, if the hedge is within your property boundary you should have rights to remove it.
It could be possible that your hedge is a home for a wild bird or two, in this case, it would be illegal to remove your hedge as it is protected under the wildlife and countryside act in the UK, you should always double-check if your hedge is home to wild birds before undertaking any maintenance or removal.
You can plant a hedge in your garden freely without planning permission, if it crosses the property boundary without consent from your neighbour you would need approval first from them to avoid any disputes.
It is important that if you decide to plant a hedge between the boundary line of you and your neighbours garden you must make sure that it is maintained well.
We have listed some tips below for hedge planting to avoid any hedge disputes.
If you have decided that you are going to remove a hedge from your garden to make it more open and let more light in, or maybe to install a lower maintenance divider such as a fence, the process is fairly simple, we have listed a few steps below to get you started when removing your hedge plants.
To conclude, you do not need planning permission to remove a hedge in your garden as long as it is not protected, home to birds, a boundary hedge or a community hedge. It is always best if you are unsure about the legal status of your hedge to contact the authorities first before removal, removing a hedge illegally can have consequences if not approved by the authorities.