Garden fences, walls & gates

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Garden fences, walls & gates

Planning permission will be needed if you are considering to erect or add to an existing fence, wall or gate over 1m high and next to a carriageway or footpath alongside a carriageway. If the perimeter is not alongside a carriageway you generally have an allowance of 2m height. If your property falls within any of the special designated land types (e.g. conservation area) we would recommend that you contact your local planning department.
Generally you will not need to make a planning application to remove a fence wall or gate. Neither if you are altering or improving an existing boundary regardless of its height as long as its height is not adjusted. However if you live within a conservation it is always recommended that you discuss matters with your local planning department prior to proceeding with works.
You do not need planning permission for hedges as such, though if a planning condition or a covenant restricts planting (for example, on ‘open plan’ estates, or where a driver’s sight line could be blocked) you may need planning permission and/or other consent.
Planning permission is rarely required for the planting of hedges, however if your property has planning conditions or a covenant restricting planting it may be required. This is normally on properties located on ‘open plan’ estates.