Boundry wall destruction

Boundry wall destruction

Postby HIFI » Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:34 pm

Hi,

Our neighbors have demolished our boundary wall in order to lay foundations for their new build (their reason). However their new foundations and new wall have moved into our boundary wall. On the planning permission drawings their building was not to interfere with our boundary wall, but now it is right into it. We've asked for the wall to be put back to its original and they agreed but they are now saying that it's too expensive to do it like that. I've attached a few pictures. On the close up you can see the old boundary wall brickwork behind the new brickwork.

Anyone know what can we do about this?

Thanks for your help


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Re: Boundry wall destruction

Postby DOC » Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:53 am

HIFI - Unfortunately the demolition of the boundary wall is a civil (legal) matter between you and your neighbour. I would suggest that you go to a good solicitor to discuss a.s.a.p.

The Council will probably not want to know about it howeverI would suggest that you contact the enforcement section of the Council and ask them to have a look. By your neighbour re-building the boundary wall as the external wall of their extension/new build (?) instead of building inside the existing boundary wall they may be adding a number of extra square metres to their floor area if all the other external walls are to be built as and where planned. But for enforcemnet to assess this, all of the other walls would have to have been set out/built. There may also be an issue with regard to their structure being slighty closer to you than was originally planned? I would also check their planning permission to see was there any condition to retain the boundary wall.

The key thing is to try and get this stopped/altered now, if at all possible, as when the structure is built it will be far more difficult to have it altered.
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Re: Boundry wall destruction

Postby Bob Dole » Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:09 am

HIFI wrote:We've asked for the wall to be put back to its original and they agreed but they are now saying that it's too expensive to do it like that.


It is a legal matter now - they have interfered with your property. This means that "ah it'll cost millions to put back" doesn't matter, they must remove their wall and put up the original wall to your satisfaction or come to an agreement with you regarding an alternative (e.g. pay you compensation).

Talk to your solicitor.
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