How long does it take for a hedgerow removal decision?
Once a notice has been served, we have six weeks to decide if a hedgerow is important and should stay.
There's a strong presumption that important hedgerows will be protected. To be important the hedgerow must be at least 30 years old and meet at least one of eight criteria specified in the regulations.
There are a number of exclusions to the need to obtain permission. For further advice, please contact us.
How long does the permission to remove a hedgerow last?
Permission to remove a hedgerow lasts for two years from the date of our written permission, or from the end of the six-week period.
A hedgerow retention notice is permanent, but you can submit a new hedgerow removal notice if circumstances change.
Can I appeal against a hedgerow removal decision?
Yes, you can appeal within 28 days of receiving our decision to:
Environment Appeals Team The Planning Inspectorate Room 4/04 Kite Wing 2 The Square Temple Quay House Bristol BS1 6PN
What happens if I remove a hedgerow without getting permission?
Hedgerow removal without permission is a criminal offence, and you could face a fine in either the magistrate's or crown court. You could also be required to replant the hedge, and it will automatically be deemed important for 30 years after being planted.
How do I view the statutory register of hedgerow notices?
You can view hedgerow notices held in the statutory register at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND.
How does hedgerow removal affect planning applications?
We'll normally look to keep hedgerows on development sites unless there are exceptional circumstances for removal.
If you wish to remove a hedgerow as part of a development, you should list compensation proposals for the loss of the hedgerow with the planning application.
When should I cut a hedgerow?
Ideally, you should cut a hedgerow in January or February. This is because:
wildlife will have the opportunity to take advantage of the nuts and berries produced in the autumn
you should avoid cutting the hedgerow in the bird-breeding season from 1 March to 31 August. All wild birds, their young, their eggs and active nests are protected under law. It is an offence to damage a nest intentionally while it is in use or being built. Hedge cutting is highly likely to damage nests or cause them to be deserted