Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (452)

Michael McCarthy


452. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to introduce legislation and/or policy relating to height restrictions on suburban garden trees and hedges; if such a policy could be introduced by city and county councils; the discussions he and his Department have had with other Departments on this matter to find a legal remedy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5114/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Planning legislation places no specific restrictions on the height of trees, nor does it make any particular provision for remedy from any other nuisance which may be caused by trees in an urban residential area. Complaints relating to matters such as trees or shrubs overhanging a property are normally addressed, where necessary, under civil law between the parties concerned.

I have no plans to develop legislation or guidelines for local authorities in this regard at present.