Most hedges provide a suitable garden boundary but some can cause problems for neighbours when they are unsuitable for the particular location, are not properly maintained or are allowed to grow too tall. Some hedge species grow at a rapid rate and so can have adverse effects for those living in their shadow. Sometimes the person planting the hedge is unaware of the size it may reach when mature.
The High Hedges (Guernsey) Law, 2016
The High Hedges (Guernsey) Law, 2016 ("the Law"), which comes into effect on Monday 2nd October 2017, provides a remedy where neighbours disagree on what should be done about a high hedge. The Law enables people experiencing significant problems with high hedges causing a barrier to light, and who have not been able to resolve their dispute through discussion with their neighbour, to make a complaint to the Development & Planning Authority which will be dealt with under the new legislation.
A link to the Law can be found here:
High Hedges Guidance
- The Development & Planning Authority has prepared Practice Notes 11 & 12 which contain guidance for both the owner of a high hedge and their neighbour to enable clear understanding of the process. These Practice notes are issued by the Development & Planning Authority under section 31 of the Law to assist with the understanding of the provisions of the Law. They represent the Authority's interpretation of certain provisions of the legislation and are not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for the full text of the legislation.
- Practice Note 11 High Hedges Guidance for the Complainant - Your Neighbours Hedge. Click here [179kb] to download
- Practice Note 12 High Hedges Guidance for the Hedge Owner - Your Hedge. Click here [178kb] to download
- The UK Department for Communities and Local Government (Crown Copyright, HMSO, 2004) guidance "Hedge Height and Light Loss" referred to in Practice Notes 11 and 12 above can be found here.
- In considering a complaint, the Authority will have regard to this guidance entitled "Hedge Height and Light Loss" to the extent that it is consistent with the provisions of the High Hedges (Guernsey) Law, 2016 and other relevant Guernsey legislation, practices and procedures. Whilst the guidance provides useful practical guidance, it includes references to UK bodies and to UK legislation in relation to high hedges which does not apply in Guernsey. The guidance contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/
High Hedges Complaint Form