In 1997 new Regulations came into force giving powers to Borough Councils to control the removal of ’Important Hedgerows’. The Regulations require owners to notify the Council of an intent to remove a hedgerow. On receipt of a notification, the hedgerow will be evaluated to determine whether it is ’important’ under defined criteria given within the Regulations.

A Hedgerow Retention order or written consent to remove the hedgerow will be forwarded on the basis of the evaluation.

Permission to remove a hedgerow

If the hedgerow is within or forms part of the curtilage of a dwellinghouse, then you do not need to apply for permission to remove a hedgerow. The links below provide more details on when permission is required.

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Hedgerow removal notice

The Hedgerow Regulations 1997 require that before the removal of certain hedgerows,  the Local Planning Authority must be notified of that removal by the submission of a Hedgerow Removal Notice.

Please complete the Hedgerow Removal Form (PDF, 252KB) and return it to the address at the top of the form.

Further guidance on how to fill out the form is available by downloading the document below:

Next steps

We will then consider whether the hedgerow is “important” by assessing the age, archaeological, wildlife, historical or landscape value of the hedge as defined in the 1997 regulations. We will then decide whether its loss would be acceptable.

If within 42 days of receiving a Hedgerow Removal Notice, we consider all or part of a hedgerow should be kept, we can issue a Hedgerow Retention Notice which prohibits the hedgerow’s removal.

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0300 123 5014

Page last reviewed: 09 August 2021