Under the Access to Neighbouring Land Act you are allowed access to the neighbour’s land for any work required to preserve your property (maintain it). If the neighbour will not agree, then you can take the neighbour to court and get a court order to make them.
You have to cause as little damage as possible and you have to put right any damage you do course.
In respect of any plants blocking your light, light would have to be reduced by 50% or more before it becomes actionable. There is no right .
The right to light must not be excluded in your deeds. You must also have acquired the right by having the windows in place for at least 20 years.
If the wall is your wall, you are entitled to have the Ivy removed because it is trespassing.
If the roots of any plants damage the foundations of your property, whoever owns the plants is liable for that damage.
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