In her appeal statement, Bunchan said: “The impact on light, on our reasonable enjoyment of our garden and the health and safety issues in maintaining our side of the hedge (which were not present when we first moved in) should override the slight impact on the ambience and privacy for the owner if the hedge was to be reduced by 2ft.
“I am also concerned about our ability to sell our house in the future with the hedge being so unsightly.
“It is ugly and I just cannot bring myself to spend time in garden or use it with my friends and family as we had when we first moved in.”
Buchan claimed that the hedge and the council and Government’s decision to keep it as it is had negatively impacted her mental health.
“It makes me sad and tearful, every time I look at it,” she said.
Dunn’s daughter, Mairi Ferguson, submitted a response on behalf of her mother.
“In the intervening years it has never been lower nor has it grown significantly higher,” wrote Ferguson.
“The hedge is very important to my mum.
“It provides privacy between her bedroom window and the neighbours’ living rooms to the rear.”
The council decided the hedge did not need to be cut down
Ferguson said if the hedge was cut, it would impact her mother’s sense of wellbeing and security.
Buchan accused her neighbour of “gaslighting” and the council of “positive age discrimination”.
The government planning reporter wrote: “The height of the hedge does not adversely affect the appellant’s amenity which they should be reasonably expected to enjoy.”