UK Property Law
Get UK Property Law Questions Answered by Experts
Thanks for your question. Please kindly RATE my answer when you are satisfied
May I clarify please do you wish to be able to cut down the parts that overhang your property please or would that not be enough on its own but you want to reduce their height even in respect of the parts that do not overhang you garden?
From what you say the trees in question comprise more than one tree which are of an evergreen shrub variety rather than "traditional" trees?
Thanks - you mention firs. Are they all fir trees or not all of them?
They are both fir trees and there are two of them.
Thanks. The starting point is that trees growing on a neighbours land can be very difficult to deal with in the law. However, based on what you say this position is likely to be suitable to be dealt with under Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 which created new procedures to enable local authorities to deal with complaints about high hedges and evergreen trees and shrubs.
It is clearly better if disputes can be settled between you and the neighbour it goes without saying but from what you say you have tried to resolve the same between you without prospect of success. Where negotiation fails, a complaint can be made to the local authority who can assess the case, acting as an independent and impartial third party. If they think it is justified the authority can order the owner to reduce the height of their trees to under 2m in height. But there is no general requirement that all trees and hedges should be kept below a certain height. In particular it is not illegal to have a tree more than 2m high but the officer can order them to be reduced to a height of 2m if he considers this reasonable in the circumstances
It is possible for you to make a complaint if the following apply though you will have to pay a fee:- The tree or hedge in question comprised wholly or predominantly of a line of two or more evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs;- It is over 2 metres high;- The hedge acts, to some degree, as a barrier to light or access; and- Because of its height, it is adversely affecting your reasonable enjoyment of your domestic property
There is a fee to pay to the council to determine your application which councils tend to assess at around £400 though if you are on any means tested benefits you can apply for a 50% concession.
Is there anything above I can clarify for you?
Thank you for answering that. What authority do we get in touch with to proceed with this matter ? Is it the local council?
A pleasure. Yes in deed your local authority to whom you pay council tax. It is normally dealt with by the environmental services department.
Is there anything above I can clarify for you any further?
Thanks for all your help . We will proceed on your advice.
A pleasure. I hope you are able to reach a successful resolution. You may consider advising your neighbour he is leaving you with little choice before making the complaint. This can sometime be effective in avoiding the necessity of the application if the neighbour proceeds voluntarily as a result. I should also mention that you can lop back any overhanging branches without his permission returning the material to him.
If you have no further questions for now I should be very grateful if you would kindly take a moment to rate my service to you today. Your feedback is important to me. If there is anything else I can help with though please reply back to me though.
Thank you for all your help, we wil proceed on your advice. Ron Wilkinson
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).