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High Hedge Disputes

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the charges levied by individual local planning authorities for high hedge dispute applications. (111979)

The Department for Communities and Local Government has made no formal evaluation of the level or impact of fees levied by local authorities under Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 to deal with complaints about high hedges. Information on these fees is not collected centrally. Our advice in “High Hedges Complaints: Prevention and Cure” indicates that each local authority is responsible for deciding whether, and at what level, to charge for dealing with complaints about high hedges.

We will carry out a review of this part of the 2003 Act in 2010 after it has been in operation for five years. We are aware that authorities are keeping their fees for this service under review.