Privately owned woodland

Privately owned woodland

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The woodland in question is alongside housing and has been recently bought by a private individual who is telling all that it is his land and he will do as he wishes with it.
So far he has erected a fence around the wood with 2 strands of barbed wire around the top which we feel may be dangerous as it is also next to public land and footpath which is used by children as a play area, also he has made a track through the woods and is now using this as a motorbike, quad bike track and this in places runs within just a few metres of several houses . There is no planning permission or application in place for this and we would like to know legalities of what has been done so far.

Hope to hear from you soon Alex

Question Posted By – Alex In Area – East Central Scotland
This question has been asked in a Scottish region any response below will be specific to Scottish Planning Permission or Building Regulation advice.

  1. Do I Need PermissionDo I Need Permission02-01-2017

    Hello Alex.

    This is slightly different to householder permitted development rights or planning permission relating to residential properties

    If the fence is under 1 metre in height it is unlikely that planning permission would have been required.

    If the woodland was only used at such previously a “change of use” may have be required to use this as anything other than a woodland.

    I would recommend contacting the duty planning officer or planning enforcement officer at your local council where you can discuss the actual location and more details of the use.

    Thanks for using Do I Need Permission.

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