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Can Neighbour do this without permission?

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We have a neighbour who is building some kind of pergola. He has attached some wooden posts to the concrete holding our shared fence and then attached some kind of perspex sheeting to this and then a wooden post along the top. I presume he will then attach further wood slats to his wall and put a roof on it. He has done one of these on the other side of his house which looks terrible, cheap and tacky.

The problem I have is that this looks even more horrendous. He is useless at DIY and this rises at least a foot and a half above our shared fence so I have to look at it when I am in the garden and when I drive up to the house.

We are thinking of trying to sell the house in the next couple of years and this will Not help.

Does he need permission to do this type of work?
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  • skiTTish
    skiTTish Posts: 1,385 Forumite
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    To save causing an argument with your neighbour , can you add some decorative trellis to the top of your fence to 'shield' the monstrosity ?
    After all your going to moving soon ,so best to 'keep the peace' as neigbour disputes can cause problems with house sales too
  • aliasojo
    aliasojo Posts: 23,053 Forumite
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    golkarkuk....go away.

    Reported.
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  • swiss69
    swiss69 Posts: 355 Forumite
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    Came home tonight and its even worse. If you can picture where this is, it is between our two houses, separated by a six foot fence. The wooden supports he has attached to the concrete holding the fence together are now at least 2 feet higher than the fence, almost 3 feet in some places.

    The worst bit is that at the front of the house wood is jutting out by about a foot and he has put a beam accross the wood at the front of the house - God knows why as it serves no purpose.
    He is just terrible at DIY.

    The problem I have is that they are chinese and dont speak any english!!

    What can be done?
  • Chippy_Minton_2
    Chippy_Minton_2 Posts: 1,839 Forumite
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    Post some pics so we can get an idea of how bad it is.
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  • staffie1
    staffie1 Posts: 1,966 Forumite
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    swiss69 wrote: »
    Came home tonight and its even worse. If you can picture where this is, it is between our two houses, separated by a six foot fence. The wooden supports he has attached to the concrete holding the fence together are now at least 2 feet higher than the fence, almost 3 feet in some places.

    The worst bit is that at the front of the house wood is jutting out by about a foot and he has put a beam accross the wood at the front of the house - God knows why as it serves no purpose.
    He is just terrible at DIY.

    The problem I have is that they are chinese and dont speak any english!!

    What can be done?

    Speak to the planning dept at the council. It may be that they need planning permission, and if they don't have it would be forced to take it down. Take some photos for reference.
    If you will the end, you must will the means.
  • ormus
    ormus Posts: 42,714 Forumite
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    garden structures like these, do not generally come under any PP rules. you will have problems trying to stop it or get it removed.
    better to try and hide it with say extra trellis.
    Get some gorm.
  • Gavin57
    Gavin57 Posts: 269 Forumite
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    Are they owners or renting the house if they are renting let the owner know.
  • Pssst
    Pssst Posts: 4,803 Forumite
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    kweep schtum or they will send triads to do chopee chopee on you. Please post pics,also if they have a daughter who wears a small tartan kilt in the gadren,take a pic of her !
  • planning_officer
    planning_officer Posts: 1,161 Forumite
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    ormus wrote: »
    garden structures like these, do not generally come under any PP rules. you will have problems trying to stop it or get it removed.
    better to try and hide it with say extra trellis.
    Garden structures always come under planning permission 'rules'! Whether or not it requires permission is another matter though - but it is definitely covered under planning legislation. It's hard to envisage what exactly he's doing from your description - definitely speak to the Council though (preferably the planning enforcement dept).
  • jonesjw
    jonesjw Posts: 201 Forumite
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    Speak to the local planning department.

    People shouldn't get away with tat like that.
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