Here at Northern Planners, we are always on the look-out to ensure our clients don’t get into hot water whilst progressing their developments, even when they have a valid planning permission.
Sometimes this is due to issues around discharging planning conditions but sometimes it can result from the requirements of other planning-related legislation.
One such area of law is dealing with the protection of hedgerows. Under special regulations removal of certain hedgerows is prohibited with specific separate approval. Also, removal of hedgerows generally may conflict with nature conservation legislation at particular times of the year.
Last year, Persimmon Homes PLC ran into trouble for removing a hedgerow on Penny Pot Lane, Harrogate next to their housing development. They were fined £34,000 and also ordered to pay £9,468 in costs after Harrogate Borough Council took them to the Leeds Magistrates Court.
Now it is the turn of developers of the new housing site at Manse Farm, Knaresborough (see plan). They recently started work on the site by removing hedgerows, leading to nearby residents contacting Harrogate Borough Council with concerns that the hedge removal was potentially destroying nesting bird sites.
Northern Planners have recently had to advise clients in Bickerton about the implications of mature hedges on their development site. In this case, any potential issues have been avoided.
If you need any help with hedges in relation to your planning matters, don’t hesitate to get in touch.