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given up to and including

Wednesday 25th April 2001


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

CONSIDERATION OF BILL

HIGH HEDGES BILL


NEW CLAUSES

Non-compliance due to terms of tenancy

   

Mr Andrew Dismore
Mr Eric Forth

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '.In the event of a dispute between a non-resident owner and the occupier of the land on which the hedge is situated it shall be a defence for the occupier to show that he is prevented from complying with a remedial order by the terms of his tenancy, lease or licence to occupy.'.


Non-compliance due to terms of lease

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '.If an occupier can show that he is prevented from complying with a remedial order due to a term of his lease, tenancy or licence to occupy, that term shall be rendered void to the extent necessary to permit compliance.'.


No liability of local authority

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '.Nothing done under this Act by a local authority shall give any person a right to claim damages against that authority.'.


Suspension of remedial notice

   

Mr Andrew Dismore
Mr Eric Forth

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    '.In the event of—

    (a) an application for variation or withdrawal of a remedial notice; or

    (b) an appeal against a remedial notice;

    that notice shall be suspended pending the outcome of the application or appeal.'.


Moratorium on complaints

   

Mr Andrew Dismore
Mr Eric Forth

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '.In the event of an unsuccessful complaint, no further complaint in respect of the same hedge shall be entertained by the local authority for a period of two years.'.


Compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '.This Act shall not come into force until it has been certified as compliant with the Human Rights Act 1998 by the Secretary of State.'.


Hedge on land owned or leased by local authority

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '.In the event that the hedge is situated on land owned or leased by the local authority, the complaint shall be made to and determined by the Secretary of State.'.


Complaint by local authority

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '.In the event that the complainant is itself the local authority, the complaint shall be made to and determined by the Secretary of State.'.


Established hedges

   

Mr Christopher Chope

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '.No complaint shall be made under this Act in relation to a high hedge by the owner or occupier of a domestic property if that property was constructed after the hedge was established.'.


Complaint where relevant authority is owner or occupier of land

   

Mr Christopher Chope

NC10

To move the following Clause:—

    '.If a complaint under this Act is brought in respect of land of which a "relevant authority" within the meaning of section 1 is the owner or occupier it shall be referred forthwith by that authority to the Local Government Association which shall nominate another local authority to consider the complaint.'.


Offences committed by bodies corporate

   

Mr Eric Forth

NC11

*To move the following Clause:—

    '.—Where an offence under this Act committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of any person who was purporting to act in the capacity of a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate without the knowledge of the body corporate, that person shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.'.


   

Mr Andrew Dismore

5

Page     1,     line     8     [Clause     1],     leave out 'domestic'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

1

Page     1,     line     8     [Clause     1],     after 'property', insert 'whether or not that property directly neighbours the land referred to in paragraph (b);'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

82

*Page     1,     line     8     [Clause     1],     after 'property', insert '(providing that person is registered to vote at that address)'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

55

Page     1,     line     11     [Clause     1],     after 'on', insert 'adjoining'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

56

Page     1     [Clause     1],     leave out lines 14 to 16.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

6

Page     1,     line     14     [Clause     1],     leave out 'domestic'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

83

*Page     1,     line     16     [Clause     1],     at end insert '(providing that person is registered to vote at that address)'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

57

Page     1,     line     17     [Clause     1],     after second 'the', insert 'adjoining'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

7

Page     1,     line     22     [Clause     1],     leave out 'domestic'.


   

Mr Andrew Dismore

8

Page     2,     line     3     [Clause     1],     leave out 'domestic'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

54

Page     2,     line     6     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(5) No complaint shall be made under this section by an occupier of domestic property without the consent of the owner of that property.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

3

Page     2,     line     7     [Clause     2],     leave out from 'means' to first 'a' in line 9 and insert 'a tree, shrub or two or more trees or shrubs forming'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

58

Page     2,     line     7     [Clause     2],     leave out 'two' and insert 'six'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

84

*Page     2,     line     7     [Clause     2],     leave out 'two' and insert 'three'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

59

Page     2,     line     7     [Clause     2],     leave out 'adjacent' and insert 'adjoining'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

2

Page     2,     line     8     [Clause     2],     leave out 'evergreens' and insert 'trees or shrubs'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

60

Page     2,     line     8     [Clause     2],     leave out 'evergreens' and insert 'conifers'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

70

*Page     2,     line     8     [Clause     2],     leave out 'evergreens' and insert 'plants, bushes, shrubs or trees'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

61

Page     2,     line     10     [Clause     2],     leave out 'two metres' and insert 'twelve feet'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

85

*Page     2,     line     10     [Clause     2],     leave out 'two metres' and insert 'six feet'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

71

*Page     2     [Clause     2],     leave out line 12.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

62

Page     2     [Clause     2],     leave out line 12 and insert—

    '(a) "conifer" means any tree that bears or is capable of bearing cones.'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

63

Page     2,     line     13     [Clause     2],     leave out 'or shrub'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

86

*Page     2,     line     14     [Clause     2],     leave out from second 'gaps' to end of line 15 and insert 'between the extremities of each of the trees or shrubs do not exceed six feet in width.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore
Mr Eric Forth

4

Page     2,     line     15     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(c) "ground level" means the height of the land of the complainant.'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

64

Page     2,     line     17     [Clause     3],     leave out from 'dwelling' to end of line 19.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

9

Page     2,     line     19     [Clause     3],     at end insert 'or an allotment'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

87

*Page     2,     line     19     [Clause     3],     at end insert 'and is contiguous with that dwelling'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

117

*Page     2,     line     29     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(1A) The authority shall dismiss a complaint if the height of the hedge in metresis less than D + 2, where D is the distance in metres between the hedge and thenearest outside window wall of the complainant's property.'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

65

Page     2,     line     30     [Clause     4],     after 'authority', insert 'within twenty-eight days of receipt of the complaint.'.

 
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