Posted: 18/09/2014 at 00:01
Thanks Jenny 10. I didn't think it was illegal..
The height restriction of a fence is about 6" - if you put a trellis on top then you will be over the height restriction for most councils, as most councils will include the trellis as part of the whole thing.
Can go to talk to the council and explain that privacy is an issue and apply for taller fences - you can go much higher with planning permission. I would guess that this may need next door's approval tho.
You can always risk it as long as don't take the mick? Put a 7/8ft instead of a 10ft fence along or something. Breaching planning isn't a criminal offence and the worst they can do is to ask you to take it down. I see a lot of people with much taller fences around and there seems to be little bother. There are rules about taller fences that block views for road users or something like that (can't remember) but I should imagine the back garden wouldn't be a problem like that.
One other thought is growing bamboo. Only thing I know about that is that it can be vigorous with the roots and need to be contained. Good, natural screening tho!