To ask the neighbour to shut up at 5?

(16 Posts)
Cumberlover76 Sun 09-Oct-16 16:55:22

Neighbour is building a house at the end of our smallish garden. He's doing all the work himself so tends to be evenings and weekends. He's apparently been doing it for 4 yrs but we only moved in 10 mths ago. He regularly has heavy machinery running, mini digger and a very loud, stinky dumper. He's had the engines running since about 1.30 on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. I've had to have the windows shut and we haven been able to go in the garden. The continual chug chug noise is doing my head in. Would I be unreasonable to ask him to stop now?

mrsfuzzy Sun 09-Oct-16 16:59:03

4 years ?? is he building a mansion ? sounds very extreme, surprised no one from the council hasn't been in touch - environmental health etc.

Jinglebellsandv0dka Sun 09-Oct-16 17:01:35

Sounds like his hobby!

If be pissed off too!

Cumberlover76 Sun 09-Oct-16 17:01:43

That's what he told DH, only does it weekends so I imagine it would take that long, but the machinery does my head in and fills the garden with exhaust fumes. It's only a smallish house.

Cumberlover76 Sun 09-Oct-16 17:08:33

Thank fuck he's stopped!! I think he saw me giving him evils from the upstairs windows. I was willing his machine to stop working!!

Sparklesilverglitter Sun 09-Oct-16 17:26:04

shock 4 years what the fuck is he building a whole new housing estate?

Chewbecca Sun 09-Oct-16 17:28:19

It would bother me far more in the summer. My windows are closed now.

CrazyNameCrazyGuy Sun 09-Oct-16 17:29:54

Most councils don't allow noisy building work on a Sunday unless it's emergency work.

Generally hours are 8am to 6pm Mon-Fri and 8am to 1pm on a Saturday.

mrsfuzzy Sun 09-Oct-16 17:33:21

contact the council, he's spoiling the enjoyment of your home.
sparkles grin he's heard that there aren't enough new homes so he's doing his bit to help out. even so it's shit for op and their neighbours.

ScaredAboutTheFuture Sun 09-Oct-16 17:58:40

Has he got planning permission?

Cumberlover76 Sun 09-Oct-16 18:00:39

I imagine he's got planning permission but was before we moved in. I might check local council rules.

BaronessEllaSaturday Sun 09-Oct-16 18:08:13

Most councils don't allow noisy building work on a Sunday unless it's emergency work. Generally hours are 8am to 6pm Mon-Fri and 8am to 1pm on a Saturday.

Unfortunately that only applies to contractors or building companies not someone doing it themselves.

Creampastry Sun 09-Oct-16 18:18:33

Planning permission only lasts for a limited time. Not four years!

NellysKnickers Sun 09-Oct-16 18:37:59

Our neighbours did some work recently on a couple of nights when the generator started up at 8.30pm, I gritted my teeth and let them carry on, but 4 years............no way!!

HereIAm20 Sun 09-Oct-16 18:40:31

Cream Pastry - Planning permission lasts for ever once the work has started though. It lasts for 5 years if the work hasn't started.

Blueskyrain Sun 09-Oct-16 18:47:33

*Most councils don't allow noisy building work on a Sunday unless it's emergency work. Generally hours are 8am to 6pm Mon-Fri and 8am to 1pm on a Saturday.

Unfortunately that only applies to contractors or building companies not someone doing it themselves.*

pretty sensible this doesn't apply to individuals, or the only time someone working full time would ever be able to do DIY is on a Saturday morning, which is huely unreasonable and would take FOREVER.

I understand the OP's frustration though - I'd be tearing my hair out over 4 years. thank goodness winter is coming at least.

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