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Neighbour's tree - update

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fingerlicking Tue 11-Mar-14 14:51:56

If you read my original thread about my neighbour's unreasonable demands in a not like for like replacement of a Hawthorn tree in a shared hedge, there is an update.

I have paid for the replacement with a different larger tree in a different spot. However, it has made me feel so different about living here. They are new neighbours so I haven't felt this way before.

Our very large garden is L shaped. The bottom of the L adjoins their garden and the bottom of the L runs along the bottom of other neighbours' gardens. That part of the garden is about 0.2 acres square. It has access of 4 metres wide to a main road and is in an allowed development area within our village. When we purchased the house 5 years ago we were told that it was prime development. We didn't develop it as we wanted to stay in our home and wanted a huge garden.

We are now working with an architect to put plans together for 2 or possibly 3 detached 3/4 bed houses. We live an hours commute from the City of London and the land would be worth over £300k. It would clear our mortgage and would still leave our home with a large garden so would not reduce our house value much at all.

We could then sell up, have a bigger house with half the mortage. No brainer really.

Silly neighbours have forced our hand.

Johnogroats Tue 11-Mar-14 14:55:01

Wow. I do remember your thread. good luck....I imagine your neighbours will be none too pleased. grin

fryingpantoface Tue 11-Mar-14 14:56:25

It's sad you cant enjoy your garden, but I'd love to see their faces about the houses. Will you need to get planning permission or has it already been granted?

Stropzilla Tue 11-Mar-14 14:57:43

Wait... They pissed you off over a tree so you're going to build a HOUSE there? Best. Reaction. EVER!

I remember your thread, what a great outcome for you! !

PoloMintCity Tue 11-Mar-14 15:02:08

Love it! And making a mental note never to cross you OP!! smile

mymiraclebubba Tue 11-Mar-14 15:03:01

i read your original thread and this is a genius retaliation!! I love it!

Good luck and i hope that you get planning permission - they can stil scupper your plans unfortunately

FuckYouChrisAndThatHorse Tue 11-Mar-14 15:04:04

Fingerlicking, excellent! I wish I could have responded to my unreasonable horse people by building a house at the end of their garden. It would have amused me greatly grin

I hope your quality of life increases exponentially. You have been very generous.

MintyChops Tue 11-Mar-14 15:04:15


Nomama Tue 11-Mar-14 15:05:32

You have had one of those dream fulfilling sod you moments smile

Have fun!

FracturedViewOfLife Tue 11-Mar-14 15:06:55

That is amazing. Good luck grin

Loopylouu Tue 11-Mar-14 15:07:47

Brilliant. I hope you manage to do it.

fingerlicking Tue 11-Mar-14 15:11:08

Yes we will need planning permission. We are in the Weald. However, the South East is desparate for new houses and our parish council need to build a certain % each year.

The area at the bottom of our garden will have a number of neighbours complaining. However, it doesn't block out light from their houses but it will spoil their view. However, nobody has a right to a view.

I don't feel great about pissing people off, but our mortgage is £280k. We have young children and can't afford holidays etc. We could have a bigger house plus a mortgage of around £100k. This would take so much pressure off us as a family.

We loved it here so much that we weren't going to build. However, I don't want to have years of them growling over the hedge (now with no Hawthorn).

Clutterbugsmum Tue 11-Mar-14 15:11:13

That will learn them.

Best reaction ever. And to clear your mortgage as well in the long one is great.

I hope their tree will look nice framed by a house.

TinyTear Tue 11-Mar-14 15:11:27

Would love to see their face when they get notice of what is happening

whois Tue 11-Mar-14 15:11:31

Ha ha ha amazing OP! Are you going to sell the land with or without planning permission? Good luck anyway. Would love to see the look on their faces :-)

RaspberryRuffle Tue 11-Mar-14 15:11:57

High five OP!

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 11-Mar-14 15:12:35

Don't fuck with fingerlicking

ScrambledSmegs Tue 11-Mar-14 15:15:44

Oh, I do love a good righteous schadenfreude moment.

They are going to object their arses off about it, but I doubt that will make a blind bit of difference to the planning dept. Good luck!

fingerlicking Tue 11-Mar-14 15:20:45

We will get planning permission because the land will be worth far more. Also we will stay here till the houses are built as we are unlikely to sell our home with uncertainty so it will be better to sell after the houses are built. Our garden will still be over 100 foot long and about 100 foot wide. We will plant laurels and a large fence at the bottom of the garden so that our outlook, whilst will have the top/side of houses, it won't be too bad.

Our house is currently worth about £570k. I think it will be worth about £550k. But with the land being over £300k, it is a no lose situation.

fingerlicking Tue 11-Mar-14 15:21:39

We do think we will get planning permission but don't think we will get it straight away as we will get people complaining. However, they don't have a legal right of complaint.

Binkybix Tue 11-Mar-14 15:22:55

You HAVE to tell us their reactions!!

bubblegoose Tue 11-Mar-14 15:25:10

I really would like to be a fly on the wall when your neighbour finds out!

Mordirig Tue 11-Mar-14 15:25:42

I think I love you fingerlicking!

Oh I so wish we could see their faces when they find out, pmsl.

AlpacaLypse Tue 11-Mar-14 15:26:07

Oh I so wish I could be a fly on the wall the day they see the laminated A4 notice stuck to the nearest lamp-post... grin

Sorry about your other neighbours though.

bakingtins Tue 11-Mar-14 15:27:40

That is genius. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

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