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My neighbour has built a retaining wall to prevent his land slipping down onto ours. No prior notice was given before removal of a hedge and only 4 days notice given before commencement of building the wall. The wall appears poorly constructed and unsuitable for its intended purpose. Also, he has encroached onto our property though this is now difficult to confirm. We have requested specifications for the build which our neighbour has ignored.We informed the local authority who indicated that no planning application was made or consent given for the work. The local authorities request for the specifications has also been ignored. We would like the wall to be removed and rebuilt on his own property. Also, we would like a legal document stating that the wall is part of my neighbour's property whose owners will be responsible for its future maintenance and liable for any damage to our property should the wall deteriorate. It has now become increasingly urgent to resolve this problem since my neighbour has just placed his property on the market. My solicitor appears to be fairly ineffective and we will be left with a huge problem, including reduced value of our property due to the appearance of a wall more suitable for an industrial site rather than a residential area. We would welcome your advice.
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