Please be aware that there may be interruptions to our online planning service (Public Access) up until April 2019 due to essential work to prepare for changing to a new West Suffolk Council on 1 April 2019.
You will need permission from the council to remove or destroy certain hedgerows. You will need to give us six weeks notice of your intention to remove a hedgerow if it grows in:
You can apply online to notify the council of your intention to remove a hedgerow
Overgrown hedges on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. In extreme cases or where a solution cannot be found between neighbours, we can intervene and take action under the 'high hedges legislation 2005', however you will need to be aware of the following:
To make a complaint you will need to download and complete the high hedges complaint form and guidance notes.
These guides have also been prepared to help you:
The landscape of an area is always taken into account in any development proposal. As part of this, the Suffolk landscape has been mapped and assessed, you can find out more at Suffolk landscape