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Neighbours Lean to

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by SiFors11, 22 May 2021.

  1. SiFors11

    SiFors11

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    Hi,

    My neighbour is building what i can only describe as a lean to from their description. They are very sketchy on the detail. Our properties are both detached and they have a passageway down the side of their house. Part of this passageway is on the boundary where i have fencing up and part of it is my actual house wall which is on the boundary line.

    I wonder if anyone can help educate me about some of my concerns please.

    1. Does he need to formally inform me about this rather than just verbally? And should i see plans drawn or just have to accept a builder will turn up and just crack on?
    2. Can he do this and effectively prevent me from gaining access to that part of the wall?
    3. As per the above, i will now not be able to put a ladder up (on his land) to access my soffit or roof if required due to the roof being put in place on the lean to. Is this allowed?
    4. Can he rest gutters against my wall?
    5. Can he actually attach anything to my wall or fence?
    6. If he has to dig down to put supporting posts in of some sort is this an issue to my wall?

    Please let me know if there is anything else i should be concerned about.

    Thanks

    Simon
     
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  3. sxturbo

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    He can't attach items to your wall, nor can he have water run off into your wall.

    He can put the lean to up without your permission.

    He does need to allow you access for maintenance reasons only, but that doesn't stop him from putting a roof up.

    If you need access and the lean to is in the way then that is your problem and will likely require scaffolding to be erected.

    To put posts in its doubtful that digging a post hole will affect your wall and foundations. However if there is a concrete path already it's likely he would just use met posts
     
  4. SiFors11

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    Thanks, sxturbo.

    I think he will comply with the above so i am not concerned about the majority of it (apart from the fact it is likely to be fairly ugly to look at).

    The bit I am most concerned about is access for any future maintenance as i just don't see how scaffolding can be put in place in order to do any work. I guess one to look forward to in time!

    Thanks again
     
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    My neighbours have a lean to/shed built in the side of their detached house (annoying as it's made my side access really narrow)

    But they've had scaffolding put up to repoint the side of their house, I've attached a picture. It is possible
     

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    If it's within 3 metres and the foundations are deeper than yours, he needs to send you a party wall notice.

    https://collier-stevens.co.uk/resources/party-wall-notice-templates/
     
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    Also if it's a habitable room, it needs building control, so if you look on your local council recent planning applications list, it should appear.

    He can't start without a building notice or full plans application.

    If you post a sketch plan of your neighbours house and the extension, we should be able to indicate if it's deemed permitted development or not.

    Under PD, it has to be matching materials.
     
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    Picture attached. This is taken from a passageway on the side of my house by my kitchen. The original owners bought that from the original owners way back when.

    The wood at the bottom of the picture is the top of my fence. The passageway you can see is all my neighbours that he will be covering from the initial gate to my fence and round a bit further. I can't see how i sort the soffit out if needed in time but that is my problem i guess from the comments about.

    It won't be habitable, just for 'stuff'. Thanks for all the comments.
     

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    As above, he cannot attach it to your wall, he cannot have water run off it onto your wall so it cannot "lean" towards your wall.
    He also cannot block the passageway as he has gas and electric boxes down it, AFAIK they need to be accessible at all times.
     
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