Neighbour's soil pressed against my house

Neighbour's soil pressed against my house

Postby HamishF » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:42 pm

Hi everyone

I'll try my best to explain the layout of the properties first. I own a mid terrace with an end terrace either side. Directly behind the terrace is a cottage. The cottage is on higher ground and the soil from the garden runs straight into the back of the three terraced properties. I'd estimate the soil is 1 - 1.5m at it's highest point. The property is in Scotland as I know legislation and such like can differ. I have had sight of the wall structure. Viewing from the inside of the home its layered: plasterboard, polystyrene insolation, timber frame, thick concrete skin from the ground to the ceiling and I can see the black damp proof coursework poking out of the bottom.

When I bought the property a recent planning application had been withdrawn for an extension to the cottage. When I introduced myself to the neighbour I was informed the application was withdrawn but was passed permitted development. The cottage owner works in the planning department for the local authority and had a word with a colleague who told him how to adjust his plans so it didn't need planning permission! This is a separate worry for now...

Anyway, the main concerns I have are:

1. My neighbour's soil is pressed against my property and the external rendering looks worn and damaged - what can I do?
2. The extension will create downward pressure and this might cause damage to the wall of my home (??) - what can I do?

I'm a layman for sure and I'd appreciate any help or guidance.

Thanks to anyone who replies.
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Re: Neighbour's soil pressed against my house

Postby jonahinoz » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:06 am

Hi Hamish,

Ninety viewings and not a reply. It could be to your name ... to me it suggests that you are Scottish and therefore probably living in Scotland ... where property laws are different.

Or it could be that other's, like myself, seldom venture below the GENERAL part of the forum. It might be worth re-posting your query in the GENERAL section. Probably best if you mention where you are located.

Just my thoughts.

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Re: Neighbour's soil pressed against my house

Postby jonahinoz » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:21 am

Hi again Hamish,

I've just re-read your query. I see that part of what I wrote above is already covered in your query. Sorry.

A friend was once Chairman of the LA Planning Committee. He applied for PP to build on land next to his house. He had to declare his interest, and excuse himself from the committee when they were discussing his application. I understand him to have said that REFUSAL was automatic in such situations, so it had to go to appeal.

What is, or should be, LA policy when a Planning Officer makes a Planning Application? I understand that an LA can cancel PD rights.

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