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Hi All,
I was just wondering, as my friend wants to take the hedges out and replace it with 1.8mtr fencing, like they have done on the side of the house.

Do they require planning to take the hedges off and replace it with fencing, as they do not want to keep cutting hedges, as the fencing may need a coat of shed paint every 2-3 years for maintenance .

The only concern they have ,as they do not want to leave a gap at the bottom due to they do not want any rubbish coming into their garden, but i said if you touch it to the floor the wood will remain damp. Once they take out the hedges they may have to fill in the trench to give it solid surface or leave it in soil and then you may need to cut the grass and it will be difficult near the fence area.


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You'd really need to check with the local authorities for a definitive answer with regards to permission . It's unlikely there would be an objection but it is a possibility . A couple i work for have to get permission to trim trees in their garden for instance and can't just take out a hedge.
As to the bottom of the fence issue then if the style of the exsisting is copied and concrete gravel boards are used that would remove the problem of panels sitting on the ground.



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You'll need planning permission for a 1.8m high fence at the front of a property.

https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/2 ... rden_walls

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Good point , you can take the hedge out without permission but would need permission to put up a 1.8m fence. Looking at the first picture the exsisting fence doesn't look 1.8m tall and you may very well find permission may only be given for a similar height fence.



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Thank you all for your replies.

I will ask then to check with the local council.

The Post will be Wood, so i do not know how the concrete gravel boards will fit, as these are usually fit on the concrete groove post.

Where the car is, these are 1.8mtr fencing.


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as its on a corner plot [road junction] they will probably be restricted to1m new [possibly 4ft if old fence in situ :dunno: ]

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I can understand why they want to do it but I think they would be silly to remove the hedge as it makes the house far more attractive than a wooden fence would look. If you were buying a house that hedge woudl make it more desirable than a fence. Add to that there is the chance of graffiti being daubed on it by a moron. I think they would be better advised to buy a pole hedge clipper and keep the hedge under control. Get a tree surgeon in to top it out once to make it more manageable and then give it a trim every so often.

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Cutting the hedge once a year would not take much longer than painting the fence once every 3.
Difference is fence would need replacing every 15 or 20 years. Hedge could last a couple of lifetimes.

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The problem with a hedge is people put things in it, (tin cans, bottles, newspapers, receipts, fast food packaging) they can't do that with a fence. If it were me, I would have the fence.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
I can understand why they want to do it but I think they would be silly to remove the hedge as it makes the house far more attractive than a wooden fence would look. If you were buying a house that hedge woudl make it more desirable than a fence. Add to that there is the chance of graffiti being daubed on it by a moron. I think they would be better advised to buy a pole hedge clipper and keep the hedge under control. Get a tree surgeon in to top it out once to make it more manageable and then give it a trim every so often.

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All good points . Looking again at the picture I do wonder if the garden is somewhat dark and shaded with the combination of hedge and that tree. I suppose it depends on what one would want to do with it . If it's just for parking or piling junk on then I'd leave it as is. If one hopes to have a nice lawn and boarders then the fence might be an option although even then I might look at reducing the hedge a bit and pruning the tree. One other thing that might be a deciding factor is that it looks like the corner is divided between two houses with a hedge on the party line . Having just one section of hedge replaced with a fence might just look "odd".



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