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neighbours have just put a window in their new garage that totally overlooks my garden

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nettlewine Mon 04-May-15 13:29:03

I assumed when they were rebuilding the guarage they were just doing as before but further back. However they have plonked a triple window in. As its now further back our garages don't align and as they are much higher up it totally overlooks my garden. It is right on the property border.

Aibu to ask them to make it bricked? And if they don't is it wrong that they have done this?

BitOfFun Mon 04-May-15 13:31:21

How often do you think they are going to stand in their garage staring at you?

EatShitDerek Mon 04-May-15 13:31:32

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CloserToFiftyThanTwenty Mon 04-May-15 13:33:05

Would they need planning permission to do this? Maybe a quick, vague conversation with the council to check (not reporting it, just finding out the facts)?

PureMorning Mon 04-May-15 13:33:48

Big ugly fencing so they can't see in

nettlewine Mon 04-May-15 13:33:57

I just want a bit of privacy, my garden was preciously totally private and not overlooked.

straighttothepoint Mon 04-May-15 13:34:03

Can you plant bamboo in pots to block the windows?

oneowlgirl Mon 04-May-15 13:34:04

I wouldn't like it either nettle, so can see why you're annoyed. Did they get planning permission for the changes? I think if you had a certain level of privacy before, you have the right to expect that level of privacy after, or at least be informed of the changes.

ilovesooty Mon 04-May-15 13:34:18

Are you such an attraction that they're going to camp out in their garage staring on the off chance you'll be in the garden?

AtomicDog Mon 04-May-15 13:34:24

Put a fence in front of it?

WorraLiberty Mon 04-May-15 13:34:33

Can't they always see into your garden anyway when they're out there?

paxtecum Mon 04-May-15 13:35:27

Put a nice big fence up on your side of the boundary right in line with their window.
Are they planning to use frosted glass in the window?

Iggly Mon 04-May-15 13:35:39

I wouldn't like that. Our neighbours asked us and we said we'd rather not so they didn't.

nettlewine Mon 04-May-15 13:36:10

No there is no planning permission for this. Hoping it will be covered somewhere as the windows seem unreasonable.

Fence would have to be 12ft to hide it!

BitOfFun Mon 04-May-15 13:36:13

Bricked seems extreme anyway- presumably they put them in for task lighting? If you are really prepared to approach them over something so trivial, it might make you look less, um, yunno, if you suggest they used etched glass or put film up?

WorraLiberty Mon 04-May-15 13:36:47

I don't get this at all.

Can they not see your garden from the upstairs windows?

NorahDentressangle Mon 04-May-15 13:39:19

Would they consider putting that fake frosted glass sticky plastic on so that you don' feel so overlooked.

It's strange to put big windows in the garage as there is surely a risk of being broken in to.

Is it going to be used as a workshop?

If it is only a garage then they really won't often be looking through them(unless you are naturists). You will not notice it in a while.

TheSpottedZebra Mon 04-May-15 13:39:49

Do you think they're still going to use their garage as a garage, or do you think that they've converted it into living accommodation?

nettlewine Mon 04-May-15 13:40:19

If they put it up for lighting they have 4 other sides to do that for! So angry they didn't even ask me.

No couldn't see in before, sloped garden, wall of bushes and my garage kept it private before.

BerylStreep Mon 04-May-15 13:42:15

So they have put a window facing your garden right on the boundary? It seems unreasonable to me. Why couldn't they put the window on their side of the garage?

I don't know enough about planning to give any advice, but I wouldn't be happy about it. Can you speak to them about it?

mateysmum Mon 04-May-15 13:43:25

I'd call the Planning Dept and see if they can offer any advice.

Sallyingforth Mon 04-May-15 13:43:48

I'm ask them to use obscured glass, so they get the light but can't see your garden.
Failing that I'd make a wooden frame the same size as the window, tack a polythene sheet across it, and fix it between two 12' poles directly in front of the window.

FiftyShadesOfSporn Mon 04-May-15 13:45:43

i doubt they're going to use it as a garage ...

mummytime Mon 04-May-15 13:47:23

I would contact planning and building control.
If they can't help, then plant something big in front of the window; Bamboo?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 04-May-15 13:50:08

Who puts a window in a garage? Bet it's going to be a gym or annexe.

Id be planting a big fast growing tree. In the mean time the idea of some tarp stretched between two poles is great. It being on your boundary is to your advantage.

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