Sloping garden, decking and ground level

14 Apr 2004
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United Kingdom
Our road runs down a hill and therefore our garden has a slope - our left fence is higher than our right hand fence and we've a natural slope across the garden.

Firstly I want to level this. Also we are going to install raised decking to the back of the house. At the moment there is a substantial drop (3 steps) from the back door into the garden. I notice planning regs state anything above 30cm needs planning permission. What I want to do is raise the ground level on the right hand side of the garden (to get the ground level) which would mean I'm not far off the 30cm decking limit. What regulations govern this ground level rise? Would this be ok or would they deem me trying to get around the 30cm decking height (I'm not! I just want the ground level and I want decking).

The next issue is the executive of this. Next door they have attempted to do the same. They had an extension built, no earth was taken away and the earth was spread all over their garden, but this resulted in a 2' ground level rise on our boundary. They put in place enormous fence posts, with 2 x 1 ' gravel boards and a 6' fence panel on top so the fence is now nearly 8' high. Not only has this cut light out to us, the fence post is already leaning towards us as the earth forces the fence over. I do not want to cause the same problem on our other side to our neighbours and intend to install maybe only a 3' panel on top of the gravel boards. Is this the right way to go about it? I don't want the fence to lean - is it just a question of putting the posts in deeper?

Any pointers/links to official guidance would be much appreciated as well as any personal tales of real life similar issues!

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