Sunday, 17 January 2010

A monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend

To quote Prince Charles.

Well, that might be a little bit over the top, but it's still not a pretty sight and I, for one, am not happy and neither is hubby. And I bet dear old Prince Charles wouldn't like it either.

I think I mentioned that we have put our Henley house up for sale. Until about a week ago we had tenants living there so hadn't really been round much. This week the tenants moved out, so when we took a trip over to Henley on Saturday afternoon, we took the opportunity to have a little look round the back garden to assess what work needs doing (we would have had a look in the house as well if we could have got the front door open - old/sticky key/lock combination had us foiled.)

Imagine our surprise, when we walked round the corner of the house and in to the back garden to be confronted by this:

And? you may thinking.

Well, the last time we were in the back garden, the next door house (which has been bought by new people since our house has been rented out) had a upvc conservatory with glass roof, not a brick-built, tiled-roof extension. Our former neighbours specifically had to get planning permission to erect the conservatory since the full-width, two-storey extension they had already added to the house was at the limit of permitted development.

And now the annoying people who have moved in have gone and done this. I almost wouldn't mind so much if it looked tidy, but they seem to be the sort of people who are happy to leave jobs unfinished.

Needless to say, I have already reported it to the Planning Enforcement Office. Am I a NIMBY, or well within my rights?

1 comment:

  1. even if the extension is within permitted development it doesn't look like it would pass building regs.
    You can contact them as well - it looks very ropey.
    Personally I don't think it would put off buyers to yours - well it looks awful but these days most people don't care.


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