Whilst I’m on the subject of my house, I might as well rant about next door’s extension. They are having a small extension on the back for downstairs toilet. This extension is small enough that they don’t require planning permission. The houses are terraced, so the thing will be right on my boundary. It’ll block the light out from my kitchen to a certain extent and its guttering will overhang my property. Because they don’t require planning permission I can’t oppose the plans so, unless I want to go into private dispute with my neighbours, which could be very expensive and disruptive, there is nothing whatsoever I can do about it.
I’ve written to the architect with the following stipulations, although I don’t suppose he is interested in the least. My garden must be kept safe and secure with some kind of temporary fencing in order that myself, my partner and my dog aren’t affected or endangered by the building works. Any damage to my property must be put right before the contractors leave the site, and no building materials should be left on my property.
The lady next door is lucky that I have a certain degree of empathy. This toilet is being built as she is elderly and ill and it will enable her to live at home more easily. I really don’t like her, but I still have a conscience. If I opposed their plans, she could have a significant delay to the building of the extension, and to be honest, who knows how long she will live.
So, I’m stuck with it. There’s one silver lining in the cloud though, which is, when I’m sitting on my patio, they won’t be able to look over the fence and be nosey any more.