The Hedgerow Regulations are administered by the Landscape Team.
The Hedgerows Regulations (1997) give protection to important hedgerows in England and Wales. Anyone proposing to remove a hedgerow, or part of a hedgerow, which is covered by the Regulations, must first notify the Local Planning Authority by submitting a Hedgerow Removal Notice
. The guidance note
will help you complete this. Please refer to the validation criteria in the Downloads.
Removal of a hedgerow is defined as uprooting or otherwise destroying a hedgerow (not hedgerow management such as coppicing or hedge laying).
The Regulations DO NOT apply to any hedgerow within the curtilage of, or marking a boundary of the curtilage of a dwelling house – or hedgerows removed as part of permitted development.
Be aware also:
If you remove a hedgerow during the bird nesting season (generally March to September) you may be committing an offence under the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981 as amended).
For more information see the “Guidance on the procedures in Leeds” in the Downloads.