I suppose only by ringing the Planning department/Land registry will I know for sure but I thought I might ask in case other members have been in a similar situation.
Our bungalow has a burn at the foot of our back garden and across the burn there is a newly built house, which has been for sale for four or five months, and that house does not not have a bottom fence.
Fortunately by judicious planning I have established quite a good hawthorn hedge (only four foot high mind) on my side. This combined with the self seeded saplings on the other side of the burn affords some privacy but it is not 100% and I can see their backdoor quite plainly and, of course, they can see mine! I do not like my privacy violated as it were.
What attracted us to this bungalow in the first place was because across the burn, behind a straggle of trees was an old fashioned country garage stretching across three house widths - complete privacy. When they pulled it down they also cut down the trees which fortunately have come away again.
Getting to the point, does a newly built property, which faces an established dwelling need, by law, to have a back fence?
I would have thought it does as their garden runs down to the burn, as mine does!
A stream of running water by any other name... "a stream may be referred to as a branch, brook, beck, burn, creek, crick, ghyll, gill, kill, lick, mill race, race, rill, river, syke, bayou, rivulet, streamage, wash, run, or runnel." and so on click here
Spoken to the Planning Officer and was told it all depended on what was stipulated in the planning application. I have applied for a copy to be made online and was told there is a backlog and it could take up to 28 days!
Back fences could also be taken down, if already erected (which is a bummer) by the person who bought the property!