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Understand planning rules when erecting a new fence

It’s important to understand how planning regulations and restrictions will affect your fencing project, prior to undertaking any work or buying any materials. Essentially, you will require planning permission if the fencing changes are substantive in nature, or impinge on anyone else’s listed property.

More specifically, you will need permission if any of the following conditions are met:

  • The fence is more than 2 metres high, or if it backs onto a public highway or footpath and is more than 1 metre tall.
  • If the┬áproperty is a listed one, or the new fence backs onto another listed property.
  • Your development rights are altered by a planning condition, or an article 4 direction.

If you are not changing the height of an existing fence, then you will not need any additional permission to change the fence material or design in virtually all cases. If in doubt, contact your local planning authority, who will be able to advise on your individual circumstances. It always pays to do your checks before proceeding with any work of this nature.

Security Fencing

Security fencing is becoming increasingly popular with homes and businesses across the UK. In fact, for the latter it can be an absolutely essential element of a wider, more comprehensive security system.

There are a few main types of security fence on the market. These include mesh panel fencing, strained wire fencing, palisade fencing, and more traditional railings. Each will have their benefits, and it’s important to understand what you need from your security fence before you hand over any cash. It won’t be necessary to fit a mesh panel fencing for a small garden for example, but equally a simple railing setup is unlikely to be sufficient for many commercial premises either.

As always, be sure to understand your market, and also your needs before you do anything.

Treating your wooden fence

It’s a good idea to treat any wooden garden furniture or fencing which resides permanently outside. It will help protect the wood from fungal infection and also help keep it looking in good condition, by slowing the pace of natural erosion.

If you’re looking to preserve the original appearance, then varnish or even some linseed oil (not just for cricket bats!), can help keep the wood looking fresh. It will need repeating over time though to maintain the desired look. Painting the fence can also be a good idea, but be careful to check for signs of flaking – if you see that happening, the wood will need sanding and the paint re-applying.