My neighbour's plans for 3-storey building will ruin my life – it will overlook my garden & leave my home in shadows | The Sun

A HOMEOWNER says his neighbour's plans for a 3-storey building overlooking his house will ruin his life.

Neil Harrison, 54, slammed Bishop Wordsworth's School's blueprint for eight classrooms next to his home in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

The engineer said that the building will make his property "unsellable" – and that his life will be "destroyed".

He told the Salisbury Journal: "It's a massive intrusion into my private life. It just seems so ridiculous."

Neil added that he is a "really private person" who has grown bushes all around his garden to protect himself.

The Salisbury man claimed that the school block would be "twice the size" of his house – with windows looking over his back garden and kids "wandering the street".

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He found out about the plans when the school posted planning documents through his door – which he has now pinned on a board outside it.

But Neil has not had any direct contact with the school during his campaign to stop it building the classrooms.

The school said that the temporary classrooms currently on site are "beyond their life cycle".

Neighbour Mary Frances Powis slammed the plans as a recipe for a "blocky eyesore".

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She said: "The blocky nature of the facade appears to take design cues from the adjacent four-storey flatted building to the south.

"Neither have regard for the adjacent conservation area and fail to respond positively to the street scene."

Bishop's Wordsworth School has been contacted for comment.

Peter Smith Associates Architect said: "The design of the new facility has been carefully considered to ensure it will sit comfortably within its surroundings – and will not be overbearing or impact the neighbouring properties."


These are your rights if you dislike your neighbour’s planning application, according to Planning Portal:

If building work is likely to take away some of your light or spoil a view from your windows, you can object to the planning application citing your "right to light".

The council is obliged to consult you if your neighbour makes a planning application.

If your neighbour or construction workers they've hired need to go onto your property during building work, they will need to obtain your consent.

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