The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 will come into force on 1 April 2014. The Act aims to provide a solution to the problem of high hedges, where neighbours have not been able to resolve the issue amicably, by providing an effective means of resolving disputes over the effects of high hedges which interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of domestic property.
The Act will give home owners and occupiers a right to apply to a local authority for a high hedge notice and empowers local authorities to make and enforce decisions in relation to high hedges in their local area.
Statutory guidance has been issued to local authorities on their responsibilities under the Act, which sets out their role as independent and impartial adjudicators, taking into account the positions of each party in a dispute, before making a decision.
Decisions on what action should be taken are for local authorities to make, taking account of the facts and circumstances of each individual case.
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