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neighbours extension totally overlooks my garden, aibu to put up a 8ft bamboo screen?

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twoopsie Sat 20-Dec-14 10:02:46

Its only just dawned on me now the windows have gone in how overlooked my garden will be with neighbours extension.

I want to put in a 8ft by 10ft bamboo screen well within my boundrys. It would block out their side view but not any light.

Aibu? They didn't consult me at all about having four huge windows overlooking my garden.

skylark2 Sat 20-Dec-14 10:04:56

Didn't they have to apply for planning permission? You should have been told about it, and where you could go to see the plans. The windows would have been on them.

If they weren't, you can make a fuss and they will have to make changes.

lollipoppi Sat 20-Dec-14 10:06:20

If this is the first you've heard about it, it's likely they have not applied for planning permission.

PiperIsTerrysChoclateOrange Sat 20-Dec-14 10:08:10

MrsDeVerge ( I hope I spelt that right) would be the one to ask. She has been through this nightmare.

I would make sure they had planning permission.

Quangle Sat 20-Dec-14 10:08:51

There are bizarre new rules that some extensions don't need pp. if it's under 10pc of the property or something. My neighbour (terraced house) is doing a basement excavation without pp shock.

But yes put up screens.

twoopsie Sat 20-Dec-14 10:09:08

This isn't a legal Aibu, I'm not going to legally object to it, but I do want my privacy back in my garden

BaffledSomeMore Sat 20-Dec-14 10:12:57

If they've done something a bit iffy with planning permission or building regs then they won't want to draw attention to themselves by complaining about any fence you put up.
Check online to see if they've been through planning.

TaliZorahVasNormandy Sat 20-Dec-14 10:17:53

I'd just put the screen up, who wants to overlook a neighbours garden.

twoopsie Sat 20-Dec-14 10:20:38

Thanks is there a thread on mrsdeverge issue?

Well its not just blocking viewing my garden but also a nice view to the valley, but they do have this view from the other side of the extension anyway.

BaffledSomeMore Sat 20-Dec-14 10:24:10

The poster referred to is MrsDeVere.

Her neighbour built a 'gym' in the back garden that's actually built of brick and almost certainly used as a dwelling.

TaliZorahVasNormandy Sat 20-Dec-14 10:24:40

Its probably this thread from MrsDeVere

TaliZorahVasNormandy Sat 20-Dec-14 10:25:13

Sorry, that probably isnt the one.

BiggerYellowBaubles Sat 20-Dec-14 10:36:08

Extensions don't need planning permission if they are under 3m extension from the property but I'm not sure if that includes double-story extensions. All my neighbours can see into my garden from their upstairs windows, isn't that fairly normal?

twoopsie Sat 20-Dec-14 10:46:41

Ah thanks, I found the thread. That was long reading, really want to see this gym bungalow but guess it's all been taken offlinesad

This is about a window to the side overlooking me, can now see in my kitchen and lounge a bit

SASASI Sat 20-Dec-14 10:53:01

Were planning an extension on a bungalow & our soon to be neighbours have put in objections but the main reason is they say we will be looking into them. Planners have recommended approval so it's obviously not breaching any privacy legislation.

Architect is adamant we need all this glass for light purposes (the cleaning!! sigh )so what we are planning to do is put in integrated blinds so we get privacy & light. Is there any chance your neighbours are doing the same?

twoopsie Sat 20-Dec-14 11:01:14

Surely all the binds would do is allow them to control when we both get privacy? I just want to bang up a screen to always have privacy, without souring relationships.

However if I did the same extension as them the screens block alot less, so don't think they can really object to the screens.

LIZS Sat 20-Dec-14 11:04:38

Should n't the glass be obscure for direct overlooking windows. Maybe speak to buildings control.

Neverknowingly Sat 20-Dec-14 11:08:50

here we need pp to put up screens or fencing over 2m. it's stricter than for extensions! I understand that is because fencing/screens are at the border generally. Our planning office is v helpful. Have you consulted yours? If legal then yanbu.

twoopsie Sat 20-Dec-14 11:11:59

Eek I never thought my screening would be illegal! Where does the 2m start from? Mine would be over that of from ground level. Although I'm having it several metres inside my garden not at the boundary.

tiggytape Sat 20-Dec-14 11:18:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

twoopsie Sat 20-Dec-14 11:44:35

Well its not in the middle but at least two metres from the boundry. Because of the slope of the garden and the house being built up, it would be over 10ft from the ground in parts. It it was breaking building regs I guess I would only get found out if they told. Typical i would get more rights with building an extension then sticking up some bamboo

MaudantWit Sat 20-Dec-14 11:49:39

There's a planning website (sorry, can't remember its name) that sets out the law on height of fences. If you can't go ahead with the screen, how about bamboo or other tall plants in huge pots? They don't need planning consent.

twoopsie Sat 20-Dec-14 11:59:29

Gosh plants in pots would take years and probably not be that effective, in was hoping the bamboo would be an afternoons work and done lol

Dipankrispaneven Sat 20-Dec-14 12:03:22

Looks like it's a 2 metre restriction wherever the fence is -

twoopsie Sat 20-Dec-14 12:08:10

Its not clear about where the 2m starts from. If its from the level of the house that's fine, but in parts I will need it way over this to get back my privacy as the house is on a slope

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