Wealden District Council

High Hedges Legislation

Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 Part 8 High Hedges Legislation

The High Hedges provisions came into force on 1 June 2005.

Guidance/Further information

A guidance leaflet, High Hedges: Complaining to the Council (external link), has been created by the Department for Communities and Local Government. This very informative leaflet gives answers to commonly asked questions on this subject and is a useful guide. We would strongly advise reading this leaflet and other guidance documents that are available on the High Hedges (external link) area of the Department for Communities and Local Government website, before proceeding with any complaint or further action.

Government Advice

The Government advises that you are first required to demonstrate to the Council that you have taken all reasonable and appropriate steps to resolve the situation. This should include at least two recent letters written to your neighbour and any subsequent correspondence (eg. solicitors letters, notes of arbitration). Failure to provide such information will result in the return of your complaint.

Costs involved with High Hedges Complaints

From April 2014 a fee of £600 is to be charged for dealing with High Hedges complaints. This recognises the full costs to the Council of dealing with formal complaints made under this new legislation.

What to do next

If, after careful consideration, you wish to proceed with your complaint you can either email planning@wealden.gov.uk or telephone 01892 602538 to request an application form and for any other information.