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help - need to oppose a neighbours conservatory !!!

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by elvisbabe, 23 Sep 2010.

  1. elvisbabe

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    I need help !!! About 3 years ago my neighbour had a 1 storey extension on the right hand side of thier property which we did not object to.
    Today they have told me they are putting in pans for a conservatory on the left hand side.
    We already have a upvc conservatory with obsure glass on their side but they want to completely brick up this side of their conseravorty which will virtually blackout our light. How can i make this a genuine complaint ????? i don't object to a conservatory in theory if it was obsure glass - but a brick wall - surely not.
    i really need help on how to stop this !!!
     
  2. ^woody^

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    I can't see how this will "block out" your light when the sun shines down from the sky and not sideways across the garden.

    Anyway, the planners will assess it in accordance with their local policy, but unfortunately this scenario is not a significant concern in planning terms - a conservatory is not the same as a habitable room.

    But there is light at the end of the tunnel if you are hell bent on complaining ... a conservatory must have 50% of the walls translucent to be exempt from building regulations. It may not stop the wall being built or affect any grant of planning permission, but it will cause the neighbours some grief and may cause them to rethink the design to avoid needing building regulation approval
     
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    You're confusing sunlight and daylight, woody. A different kettle of fish entirely.

    More to the point, however, if you install windows on the side elevation of an extension, right on the boundary of your curtilage, planners will consider them to be 'bad neighbour windows' (often referred to as unneighbourly windows) and will afford them little or no protection. Seen it time after time.
     
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    I think it's 50% of the new walls. So depending on the position, it could end up with less than 50% of the total walls glazed.
     
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    Hi Elvis,

    I'm sorry to say I think you took on this risk when you decided to build glass right up to the boundary. Your neighbour would be equally within his rights to put a 6 foot wooden fence there. Unfortunately you don't have a right to an unimpeded horizontal view (albeit obscured in your case) across his property.

    Gary
     
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    I'm surprised that your neighbour did not object to your conservatory with your windows overlooking their property.
    We've recently had PP for a conservatory, the 'boundary' wall has to be a wall to a certain height (about 1.8 metres) then obscure glass, fixed closed.
     
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    Interesting!
    Our new conservatory, with PP, will not have 50% of the new walls glazed, see my recent reply, above. (it may if you include the roof)
    And certainly not 50% of total walls.
    Yet the BI has stated, I can construct more or less how I like 'cos it's not subject to Building Regs.
    (he's making regular visits for the garage & extension)
     
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    Its 50% of the walls enclosing the conservatory excluding the main house wall if attached
     
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    Your confusing daylight with a horizontal view of a brick wall:cool:

    Does the conservatory have the traditional translucent roof to let in ... ahem, light?
     
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