5 key priorities to bear in mind before building your new fence

Getting ready to update your garden fence panels? Whether your current fence is damaged beyond repair or you’re interested in overhauling your garden, installing a new fence is a great way to update your outdoor space.


Of course, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to replacing your fence, from aesthetics and dimensions to rules and regulations. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our quick guide to building and installing your new fence.

Comply with UK regulations

The last thing you want to do is install your new fence panels and then run into problems with the local council.

So, before you get cracking, you need to work out whether you need to apply for planning permission. This is required when:

• Fences next to a road or footpath are over one metre in height, or over two metres in any other location
• Your home is listed or bordering a listed property
• The properties on your street feature open plan front gardens
• Your home is in a restricted planning area such as a National Park, conservation area, or is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Check the boundaries of your property

If you’re replacing an existing fence then all you need to do is take down the old panels and install the new ones in the same location, right? Not necessarily! That’s why we always recommend double checking your boundaries before building your new fence.

A quick look at your property survey can confirm exactly where your boundaries are and help to avoid any potential problems further down the line. No one wants a fence-related dispute with the neighbours!

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Speak to your neighbours

In the same vein, it’s always worth consulting with your next-door neighbour(s) before building a new fence. This includes checking who the fence belongs to and who is responsible for replacing it – you can find this in your legal pack.

Make sure you discuss styles and height, too. This is especially important if the fence panels you’re considering are significantly different to the current design.

Don’t forget the gate

Whether your new fence will be at the front or rear of your property, make sure you give some consideration to gates and entrances. Do you need access for putting out your bins? Or a larger access point for vehicles?

You’ll also need to think about the type of design you want. This could be a simple picket gate or perhaps a waney lap gate that matches your fence panels.

Consider the weather

From sun in the morning to hail in the afternoon, the UK experiences unpredictable weather throughout the year, and that can really take its toll on your garden fence. So, when it comes to choosing your new panels, make sure you consider the elements.

This is where choice of materials comes in. If you’re looking for fencing with minimal maintenance, pressure treated fencing panels could be the ideal solution. These panels are durable, have a 10-year anti-rot guarantee and require minimal maintenance for the first few years.

From concrete fence posts and timber gates to fence panels and garden trellis, we’ve got everything you need at Welch Fencing. Browse our range to update your outdoor space or get in touch with our experts for more info. You can chat to us on 01772 336 476 or drop us a line on enquiries@garden-fence-panels.co.uk.