Amendments proposed to the High Hedges Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr Christopher Chope

66

Page     2,     line     35     [Clause     4],     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore
Mr Eric Forth

10

Page     2,     line     36     [Clause     4],     at end insert ', after giving the owner or occupier of the neighbouring land an opportunity to state his case'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

21

Page     2,     line     36     [Clause     4],     at end insert ', after conducting a site visit'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

67

Page     2,     line     36     [Clause     4],     at end insert ', within twelve weeks of receipt of the complaint'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

72

*Page     2,     line     44     [Clause     4],     at end insert 'and—

    (c) whether, having consulted the persons against whom the complaint is made, there is any valid reason not to proceed'.


   

Mr Eric Forth

88

*Page     3,     line     8     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(bb) the extent to which the hedge contributes to sound insulation, and'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

11

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(d) whether the hedge is situated in an urban, suburban or rural area;'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

12

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '( ) the impact on any wildlife living in or near the hedge.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

13

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '( ) the impact on the health of the trees constituting the hedge.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore
Mr Eric Forth

14

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '( ) any representations received from other neighbours of the land on which the hedge is situated.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore
Mr Eric Forth

15

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '( ) the length of time—

            (i) the hedge has been in position; and

            (ii) the complainant has been in occupation of the neighbouring land'.'

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

16

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '( ) the size of the neighbour's property.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

17

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '( ) the impact on the property values of—

            (i) its neighbouring land;

            (ii) the land on which the hedge is situated.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

18

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '( ) any extraordinary reasons for privacy advanced by the owner or occupier of the land on which the hedge is situated.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

19

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    ( ) whether a tree preservation order applies to all or any part of the hedge.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore
Mr Eric Forth

20

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '( ) any representations from the owner or occupier of the land on which the hedge is situated.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

73

*Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(d) the wellbeing of any fauna dependent on the hedge or tree'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

113

*Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(d) when the hedge is purposely designed as an accoustic screen.'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

114

*Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(d) the extent to which the hedge is a refuge for wildlife.'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

115

*Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(d) the extent to which crown lifting, crown thinning or selective felling may make the hedge more visually porous.'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

116

*Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(d) where there is inequality of overlooking between the property owned or occupied by the complainant and the neighbouring land.'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

68

Page     3,     line     13     [Clause     4],     leave out 'as soon as is reasonably practicable' and insert 'within six weeks'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

22

Page     3,     line     13     [Clause     4],     at end insert ', after paying due regard to the time of year and its likely impact on wildlife and the health of the hedge.'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

69

Page     3,     line     33     [Clause     4],     leave out subsection (8).


   

Mr Andrew Dismore

24

Page     4,     line     15     [Clause     5],     leave out 'not'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

40

Page     4,     line     16     [Clause     5],     leave out 'two metres' and insert 'twelve feet'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

89

*Page     4,     line     16     [Clause     5],     leave out 'two metres' and insert 'six feet'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

41

Page     4,     line     18     [Clause     5],     at end insert—

    '(c) a requirement to carry out any works between 1st March and 31st August in any year.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

25

Page     4,     line     26     [Clause     5],     at end insert 'and shall not be greater than three months from the date of the notice.'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

42

Page     4,     line     26     [Clause     5],     at end insert 'but shall not include any period between 1st March and 31st August in any year.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

90

*Page     4,     line     26     [Clause     5],     at end insert—

    '(6A) It shall be a defence in the case of failure to comply within the specified period if the person complained against can demonstrate that he was—

    (a) indisposed; or

    (b) absent from the property

    during the compliance period.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

91

*Page     4,     line     35     [Clause     5],     leave out 'occupier' and insert 'person responsible for'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

92

*Page     4,     line     43     [Clause     6],     at end insert 'or that he or they were unable to comply because of—

    (i) indisposition; or

    (ii) absence from the property during the compliance period'.


   

Mr Eric Forth

93

*Page     5,     line     1     [Clause     6],     leave out 'occupier of' and insert 'person responsible for'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

26

Page     5,     line     16     [Clause     6],     leave out 'does' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

94

*Page     5,     line     18     [Clause     6],     at end insert 'provided a period of three months has elapsed from the date of withdrawal'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

74

*Page     5,     line     36     [Clause     6],     at end add—

    '(8) Regulations made under subsection (6) will take effect only on affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

27

Page     5,     line     43     [Clause     7],     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'appeal committee of the local authority'.


   

Mr Christopher Chope

43

Page     6,     line     2     [Clause     7],     leave out 'and'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

44

Page     6     [Clause     7],     leave out line 3.

   

Mr Eric Forth

95

*Page     6,     line     3     [Clause     7],     leave out 'occupier of' and insert 'responsible for'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

45

Page     6,     line     4     [Clause     7],     leave out subsection (3).

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

28

Page     6,     line     5     [Clause     7],     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'appeal committee'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

46

Page     6,     line     8     [Clause     7],     leave out 'or'.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

47

Page     6     [Clause     7],     leave out line 9.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

29

Page     6,     line     9     [Clause     7],     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'appeal committee'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

81

*Page     6,     line     23     [Clause     8],     at end insert—

    '(1A) Regulations under this section shall make provision—

    (a) in the case of an appeal made by a complainant, for an owner or occupier of the neighbouring land, or

    (b) in the case of an appeal made by an owner or occupier of neighbouring land, for the complainant

    to make representations to the Secretary of State before he makes any determination of the appeal under section 9.'.

 
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