Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:59
Going back to what blairs wrote, there is normally a limit to the height of fence you are allowed to have next to a public footway - check with the Council.
Apart from that, I'm very much with those who suggest shrubs closer to the house, rather than crowding the boundary; it will be more effective, look better and not be a nuisance in the future to passers-by. I think the problem is ultimately that you've bought a house on a street corner and, however hard you try, the solution will only be a compromise, so go for something you can live with.
I find that people aren't as nosey as one might fear, but watch out for the ones carrying step-ladders.