We are currently dealing with Town and Country Planning and hope to get satisfaction, but we would like to share our problem with any readers here.
We built and occupied our small bungalow eight years ago, on a spot with a view of the sea. Our road is at right angles to the shore. Recently the adjacent spots, both above and below us on our side, have started building large upstairs houses, too large, we think, for the 5000 sq ft of all these spots, and both to be rented out as apartments, one apartment on each floor. Our modest bungalow is going to be totally engulfed, and fresh breezes restricted. The particular problem now is that the owner of the spot below us has decided to extend the original foundations to make the rooms larger, shutting us off even further from our now tiny view of the sea.
Even if it turns out that planning permission has been granted for these buildings in all respects, in accordance with the existing rules for development in this residential area, do we have any redress whatsoever in view of the fact that we have been in residence for eight years now, and these buildings are going to be an encroachment on our established enjoyment of our own small residence?
Other annoying features are that the building of these two houses is taking a long time, two to three years already, one is only at the foundation stage, so we have had to put up with unsightly bush, unattended and extremely untidy building works, and the spot below us has had a workman’s shed now for three years, right at the roadside at the front, totally blocking our view down the road to the sea.
We would be pleased to read anyone’s views on these matters, suggesting whether or not we have any rights whatsoever.
(Name withheld by request)