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slickrick Mon 11-Nov-13 15:04:58

We put black metal sheeting on the gates to stop the dog barking at anyone who walks past, now they've reported me to the council. I spent a lot of money having the sheets soldered on and sprayed not realizing that I needed planning permission.
I hate them, they are so mean AIBU?

Pancakeflipper Mon 11-Nov-13 16:52:30

How big is this gate to cause offensive? They must be nit-picking unless they can see it very closely from.their property and its ugly/totally out of character for the area/ blocking their daylight.

sue52 Mon 11-Nov-13 16:55:47

The gate thing sounds odd. Is your house listed and therefore needs listed planning consent? I don't allow my dogs in the front in case anyone left the gates open and they got out. As to the tree, you should have come to a mutual understanding about pruning. I do find most conflicts can be avoided by talking rather than seething in silence.

MrsOakenshield Mon 11-Nov-13 16:58:22

sounds like you need to spend some time, effort and probably money training your dog.

Wouldn't it be cheaper to have got a new gate that's not see-through, like a wooden one?

vtechjazz Mon 11-Nov-13 17:05:11

I thought front gates/fences etc couldn't be over 1m high? So estates have an open plan feel?? I know when I wanted to build high fences I was told no out front and 6 foot max out back by my council. Is this the case in your town?

Mylovelyboy Mon 11-Nov-13 17:05:22

mrsoak she had metal sheets put on the gate and was reported to the council. Would she have been reported to the council if she had put a new gate on? Just wondering really. Still a gate whatever way you look at it

Mylovelyboy Mon 11-Nov-13 17:09:25

People change gates all the time. Why would OP need planning permission to put a metal sheet on her existing gate? Hardly needs planning permission and plans drawn up. A metal sheet can be no thicker than a few millimetres. If it was an extension or outside building then fair enough. Its a poxy sheet on a gate.

cantdoalgebra Mon 11-Nov-13 17:10:48

You do not generally need planning permission to alter an existing gate, as long as you do not alter the height. Only other considerations would be if the house was listed or was in a Conservation Area - you would need planning permission then. Perhaps there is a restrictive convenant on the house?

Mylovelyboy Mon 11-Nov-13 17:12:46

OP is the sheet the same size as the gate. ie width and length ? Did you get a sheet the exact size of the gate and just cover it. Or is it really high and blocking out their light confused

Strumpetron Mon 11-Nov-13 17:15:12

Unless the dogs are really small I would have thought it would have to be higher than the gate?

Mylovelyboy Mon 11-Nov-13 17:24:55

strump feel we cannot comment further on this until we all know the height of the gate confused. Then we can all decide reasonable or not to be honest. Sitting here waiting patiently with my tape measure..............grin

Strumpetron Mon 11-Nov-13 17:26:19

I dont think OP is coming back grin <awaits patiently>

CanadianJohn Mon 11-Nov-13 17:34:56

What I want to know is, why was the sheet soldered to the gate. Wouldn't it be better brazed, or welded, depending on the material? (misses point of thread>

Mylovelyboy Mon 11-Nov-13 17:36:07

Hurry up OP. I need a wee.........grin

Mylovelyboy Mon 11-Nov-13 17:37:16

Canadian you sound like you are in the know!! Get yourself round there. And take a tape measure grin Me and strump are waiting in anticipation

slickrick Mon 11-Nov-13 17:39:17

Let me elaborate.
We have just moved in to a house we renovated. We put gates up and got planning for this. The dog kept barking whenever another dog walked past (he is a fully trained police dog) I put the sheeting up as to stop the dog barking (this worked) I didnt know that I needed to get permission for the sheeting.
The tree in question had been pruned by the neighbours previously but only on there side so it was lopsided. I pruned my side but they thought they could get there side done for free and asked the surgeon to take some off there side but add it to my bill.
They have been a pain since I moved in constantly popping over to complain about things and ask to look round my house.
I had some fireworks for the children on Saturday night around 7pm they came round and asked if I could stop them as they were watching TV!!!
My gardener accidentally moved a stone outside their house 2 inches they sent me a letter asking if I could move it back.
I like to keep myself to myself I dont want these nosy neighbours constantly harassing me, haven't they got anything better to do?

slickrick Mon 11-Nov-13 17:42:34

The gates look like this.

Mylovelyboy Mon 11-Nov-13 17:43:22

Thanks OP this is the information we have all been waiting for. Reading what you have just said I think they are ..................complete and utter bastards. I would hate them as well. Sounds like you have done everything within the 'planning law' re the gate. With regard to the tree, I think they have a cheek. Your are right to be angry.

frogwatcher42 Mon 11-Nov-13 17:47:23

If your gates are that massive, and solid like the picture, why would you need to add metal sheeting to stop the dog barking. Surely it cant see through the gates anyway?


Ilanthe Mon 11-Nov-13 17:48:59

I'd like to know why the sheets need planning permission. Is it because the Council are of the opinion you haven't built in accordance with the original approval? Rather than adding to something existing which would not usually need permission.

Strumpetron Mon 11-Nov-13 17:52:05

I'm confused too! frogwatcher

and correct me if I'm wrong but shouldn't a fully trained police dog stop barking when it's told to confused

Mylovelyboy Mon 11-Nov-13 17:52:14

OP just looked at the link. Bloody beautiful. Lovely gates. I know what it is...............they are jealous. I think you have come along, renovated your house. Probably looks absolutely lovely and they have the 'green eye'. I would be more than happy to have a next door neighbour like you. smile

Strumpetron Mon 11-Nov-13 17:52:55

I'm very jealous of those gates! Looks like a nice area

digerd Mon 11-Nov-13 17:53:24

If it is a normal sized terrace house, an oak tree near the neighbour's fence is ridiculous. I would not have bought that house.
Yes the law is that the neighbour prunes at their expense what hangs over their side, but this normally relates to shrubs/bushes - trees are a different matter. Your neighbour had a cheek to ask your tree surgeon to trim her tree on her side and bill you for it and has no right at all to insist you pay.shock.

slickrick Mon 11-Nov-13 17:54:04

My gates are the metal type with railings I couldnt find a picture theyre the same size as the other gates. We applied for planning permission to have the gates this was accepted we didnt get permission for the sheeting there for we are in breech of the original acceptance.

Ilanthe Mon 11-Nov-13 17:56:48

Ah right that makes sense now, not built in accordance with approved plans. You need a minor material or non material amendment application. Ask the Council which. If it's the latter you're pretty much guaranteed a permission.

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