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I have recently removed the hedge between my property and that of my neighbour with a view to replacing it with a fence. My neighbour thinks that the hedge determined the position of the boundary, while I think it should be determined by the plot size as shown on the deeds and by the application of these measurements. Who is correct?

The plans contained in most title deeds aren’t usually very specific. If yours provide measurements down to the last inch then they will determine the boundary, since the title deeds are conclusive. That said, if the hedge has been in place for many years (and especially for 12 years prior to 2003 when the law changed) your neighbour could claim ownership of any “extra” land on his side of the boundary through adverse possession. You should probably compromise.

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