Claims a high hedge was blocking light from a garden have been dismissed on appeal after it was ruled it would have to be nine metres high to have a detrimental impact.

Scottish Government ministers were asked to intervene after East Lothian Council refused to step into the row between neighbours over the hedge in Aberlady.

Applicant Alan Armitage, of the village's Whinny View, had asked the council to serve a High Hedge order on the owners of a neighbouring house after he said writing to them failed to bring any action.

But when planning officers visited the garden, on neighbouring Mair End, they failed to find a problem.

And they argued that the fact Mr Armitage had put decking in his garden, creating a raised seating area, meant the hedges were needed to protect his neighbour’s privacy.

Mr Armitage appealed to Scottish Ministers disputing the officers' decision to treat the complained-about hedging as two separate hedges because there was a small gap between them.

He also claimed that two trees at either end of the hedging, which he said were seven metres high, had not been included in the calculations by the council.

However a Scottish Government Reporter has thrown out the appeal, despite agreeing with Mr Armitage that the shrubs should be treated as one hedge.

Rejecting his appeal, the Reporter says that the hedging, which is around 4.5 metres high, would have to be double that to have a detrimental impact on the neighbouring garden.

And he said even if the seven-metre high trees were included as part of the hedging, they would still be acceptable.

He said: “I do not consider that the appellant’s reasonable enjoyment of the dwelling house or garden would be affected to a significant extent by the hedge at its current height.

“In addition, there is also scope for significant further growth of the hedge before it reaches the actionable height that could potentially justify the issue of a certificate.”