Midlothian Council hedges its bets on ending disputes

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‘High hedge’ disputes could be nipped in the bud thanks to legislation endorsed by Midlothian Council’s cabinet.

The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 came into force on April 1.

It aims to solve the problem of high hedges by providing a means of resolving disputes that develop when a hedge interferes with a property owners “reasonable enjoyment” of their home.

A ‘High Hedge’ is defined as being formed wholly or mainly by a row of two or more trees or shrubs which grow to a height of more than two metres above ground level and form a barrier to light.

The Act hands councils the power to take enforcement action if high hedge owners do not comply with the notice.

It does not cover individual trees, woodland fringes or trees spaced apart in a linear alignment.

Applications for a ‘high hedge notice’ must be accompanied by a £300 fee.

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