Clause 3 - Domestic property

High Hedges (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:45 pm ar 7 Mai 2003.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Llafur, Ealing North

The clause defines domestic property as a dwelling or its associated garden or yard—or, in the case of some hon. Members, the vast acreages that are attached to their properties. For those of us who live in London, a garden or yard is pretty generous. The clause makes it clear that one can make a complaint if one believes that the high hedge in question is adversely affecting either one's garden or one's home. By way of illustration, one person may be concerned about the effect of a hedge on a garden only, whereas another may be concerned about, say, the lack of light in a living room. A complaint could be made under the Bill in both cases.

Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol, Colchester

Can the hon. Gentleman say what the situation would be in respect of a mixed hereditament?

Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Llafur, Ealing North

I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman has raised that point. [Interruption.] Whoops, there go my notes—I am on my own from now on. The Bill applies to domestic property, but if a property were used for a mixture of domestic and commercial purposes, the Bill would protect the living quarters from the effects of a neighbour's high hedge. However, if the use were commercial only, the provisions would not apply.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 3 ordered to stand part of the Bill.