The ‘hedge’ that blocked less than 15 per cent of a neighbor’s wide ocean views is behind an ugly altercation involving a TV star in one of Sydney’s most posh suburbs.
Private wealth manager Stuart Holdsworth has sued his neighbor, actor Lachlan ‘Lochie’ Daddo, for three palm trees he claimed obstructed views of the beach from his $ 3.8 million home in Newport, on the north beaches of Sydney.
Photographs submitted to the Land and Environment Court appeared to show that the Holdsworth’s commanding views were significantly restricted by trees.
But Mr Daddo, who starred in Neighbors and the popular tourist show Getaway, claimed the photos were zoomed into a ‘relatively distant’ corner of the frame in an attempt to exaggerate the share of views blocked by trees.
Independent photography of the same area shows that only part of the entire view is actually affected.
Private wealth manager Stuart Holdsworth has taken his neighbor, actor Lachlan Daddo, to court over three palm trees he claimed obstructed views of the beach from his $ 3.8 million home (pictured)
A ‘hedge’ that has caused a rift between neighbors in one of Sydney’s most posh suburbs blocks just under 15 percent of 150-degree ocean views
Lachlan Daddo (right), who starred in ‘Neighbors’, and his partner Karina (left) were taken by neighbors Stuart and Leanne Holdsworth to the Land and Environment Court.
Mr. Holdsworth was asked to provide a diagram showing which part of his view was affected from his main living room and the adjoining balcony.
He identified less than 15 percent of his overall appearance, which includes a wide view of the hinterland of the Northern Beaches and a surf break in Newport.
He and his wife Leanne were quickly overthrown by Acting Commissioner John Douglas, who said the case was “doomed” and accused the couple of “wasting their neighbors’ time”.
“Mr. and Mrs. Holdsworth have shown an unusual sense of the right to force their neighbors to prune their trees, apparently based on some vague idea that it is ‘non-neighborly’ to do otherwise,” Douglas said.
The largest of the three palm trees, about 12 feet tall, was planted at least 20 years ago and before the Holdsworths bought the house in 2005.
Mr. Holdsworth also has a wide view of the hinterland of Northern Beaches and Newport from the master bedroom (pictured)
Mr. Holdsworth was asked to provide a diagram showing which part of his view was affected from his main living room (pictured) and the adjoining balcony
The Daddogs moved into a three-bedroom house in 2010 – five years after Mr. and Mrs. Holdsworth bought a spacious property behind (pictured)
The other two trees are considerably smaller at about five meters in height and are located in the garden bed behind Mr. Dada’s property.
The Daddogs moved into a three-bedroom house in 2010 – five years after Mr. and Mrs. Holdsworth bought a large property behind.
Both estates are separated by a public street, but the trees are thought to be sitting on ‘adjacent land’.
The four-bed, two-story house with three bathrooms owned by the Holdsworths is located on a gentle hill, providing a better view from their primary living space and master bedroom.
As a passionate surfer, Mr. Holdsworth said in court that he has always enjoyed watching the waves in Newport, and especially at Peak.
Holdsworth complained that three Bangalow Palms created a ‘hedge’ on the Newport estate, on Sydney’s north beaches, blocking ‘iconic views of Newport Beach and Peak surf break’ (pictured, his neighbor, actor Lochie Daddo)
He first challenged the trees that blocked his view in 2016 and expressed concern to Mr. Dadd, who agreed to prune his macadamia tree to help solve the problem.
Mr. Daddo did it twice in 2016 and again in 2021, but he resisted multiple requests to do the same with his beloved palms.
Several houses on the street have palm trees on their property, including Mr. Holdsworth’s house.
In fact, Mr. Holdsworth’s home has half a dozen palm trees in the courtyard that towers over the second level of his house.
He tried to argue in court that three trees in Mr. Dadd’s yard illegally ‘formed a hedge’, but Acting Commissioner Douglas said it was unbelievable.
Given that the first tree was planted up to 20 years before the other two, the court found that Mr. Holdsworth could not claim that it was planted solely for the purpose of forming a hedge.
Mr. Daddo took on a more serious role when he played Stephen Gottlieb in ‘Neighbors’ in the same decade (pictured)
Although Mr. Daddo admitted that he likes the privacy that plants provide, they are spaced apart and were probably advertised as “a suitable plant, not as a hedge, nor as a hedge component”.
“Mr and Mrs Holdsworth were not prepared to process their claim and did not appear to be fully aware of the requirements of the Act,” said Acting Commissioner Douglas.
‘If they had been more conscientious, they might have realized that their case was doomed to failure, so they weren’t wasting their neighbors’ time.’
Mr. Daddo made his television debut as a presenter on the ABC show ‘Countdown Revolution’ in the early 1990s.
He took on a more serious role when he played Stephen Gottlieb in the series Neighbors in the same decade.
The actor then ran the popular travel show Getaway in the mid-1990s, and now works as a real estate agent at Northern Beaches.