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the current fence is old and broken about 4ft high.it was the planning dept that suggested that a high fence would be the solution when I complained about the window facing straight onto our garden affecting our privacy.
sorry, I misunderstood. the fence would have to be over about 2m high to block out the window and I am unhappy about that as well as the extension in general. I just thought it must contravene planning regs to build with a large window overlooking into a neighbours garden.and if so i wanted legal confirmation before I go back to complain to the planning dept
There is nothing illegal aboutthe window. For example, many houses (mine included) I can see into theneighbour's garden from my bedroom and vice versa.
Indeed, any house which haswindows at the back will be able to see into the garden of the next-door house.It is impossible to build a house (unless it is in the middle of nowhere) whenit doesn't lock onto something.
It really is a matter of scaleand how close the properties are together. What you can do is ask for thewindow to be opaque glass.
Remember that if they can seeinto your property, you can see into theirs so they are probably just asconcerned about this as you are.
As well as the opaque glass whichmay not be practical in the living room, it could be made a condition of theplanning application that they put a fence up.
This should all have been dealtwith at planning application stage by way of your own objection
Does that assist you at all? I amhappy to clarify any particular points
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