485. Removal of hedgerows.

485.     Removal of hedgerows.

Subject to certain exceptions1 the removal2 of a hedgerow3 is prohibited unless:

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    (1)     the local planning authority4 in whose area the hedgerow is situated or, where it is situated in the area of more than one such authority, the local planning authority in whose area the greater part of the hedgerow is situated, has received from an owner5 of the hedgerow notice6 in the specified form7, or a form substantially to the same effect, of his proposal to remove the hedgerow (a 'hedgerow removal notice') together with the required plan and evidence8; and