Planning considerations hedges
You do not need permission to remove a hedgerow within your own garden, unless you live in an Welwyn Garden City Estate Management Area.
Under the Hedgerow Regulations (1997) you need permission to work on a hedgerow if it is growing in, or adjacent to:
any common land
protected land (a nature reserve or similar)
land used for agriculture or forestry
the breeding or keeping of horses, ponies or donkeys
and is over 20 metres or more long, or meets or intersects with another hedgerow.
Unless you are:
- making a new opening in substitution for an existing opening onto land
obtaining temporary access in an emergency
obtaining access where another means of access is not available or is available at disproportionate cost
carrying out development for which planning permission has been granted
carrying out flood defence or land drainage
ensuring the eradication of any plant or tree pest
carrying out highway works by the Secretary Of State
felling, lopping or cutting back as required under the Electricity Act 1989
carrying out the proper management of a hedgerow
Apply for permission to remove a hedgerow
Complete an application to remove a hedgerow
We will then consider whether it is an Importat Hedgerow (if over 30 years old).
We should make a decision within 42 days (unless agreed otherwise).
If permission is granted work should be carried out within two years and must accord with the notice.
If permission is not granted:
- We may issue a Hedgerow Retention Notice to stop all or part of the hedgerow being removed.
- It is an offence to remove an Important Hedgerow in contravention of the Regulations an you may be fined up to £5,000 and have to reinstate it.
- You have a right to appeal against a Hedgerow Retention Notice or a notice requiring replacement.