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  1. The design and aesthetic is poor but the headline's a bit clickbaity - fundamentally there was a building of some size there previously. I thought this person had just knocked up a house willy-nilly, on the sly, but there's a fair amount to work with here both in terms of sq floor area and mass. It might be with some judicious design edits and removal of windows this could get over the line via repeated planning apps and working collaboratively with the LPA. Worth noting that the fact that the council said No is the very, very start of the process. This could end up being a 7-10 year enforcement job a la hay bales man, at vast expense to the LPA. The problem in these cases (and I speak as a person in a diet diet diet coke version of this right now) is that it's not as simple as saying: "the rules are the rules". Because the rules aren't the rules, are they? What constitutes "unacceptable bulk" to one planning officer is acceptable to another. Taking the same case of "unacceptable bulk" a step further....what is unacceptable to one inspector from the Planning Inspectorate is acceptable to another. The grey areas are large, and significant. There are lines, yes, and those who really take the p*ss deserve what they get if they step over said lines, but many LPAs behave disgracefully IMHO and need to be challenged, and challenged and challenged some more.
  2. @Cpd looping back on this.... ...the one chink in the willow (salix)'s armour though is that it's not evergreen, correct? So a brilliant blocker in the summer, less so in the winter, is that right?
  3. Now this, Mr Jones @Dave Jones is a seriously good idea. No I had not heard of pleaching frames but I certainly have now... Much appreciated.
  4. @Triassic and @Dave Jones I am not blind to the effectiveness of this strategy and use it a lot in business and other areas of life but, alas, we're way past this point and I'm afraid it's a straight-up battle of wills/resources at this point. Luckily, I have more of both than them. Further, we arrived far, far later than the assorted retirees so any "welcome to the neighbourhood" type affairs could, would, should have happened on their patch(es), at their proactive prompting. Tbh, their angry, staring red faces have greeted us from pretty much the get-go!
  5. I have "amenity" land too and have been trying to figure out what the hell to do with it....and @Chef40 we have problem neighbours in abundance....numpty neighbours everywhere, it seems.... We took down the fencing dividing the land from the "garden/residential curtilage" on the advice of a planning consultant to start blurring the line a bit... @Temp I presume you can, say, buy some pigs or sheep and erect agricultural buildings for them, and then in turn apply for change of use for said agricultural buildings to something more residential-y.....? But in terms of erecting structures in it that feels like the only way to go. Albeit I did find an old 1878 map which showed a building of some kind on this land, but I was advised as this is long gone, it's not of planning value...
  6. @Roys not to mention the small and trivial detail that, via my not inconsiderable investment*, I am increasing the value of their properties. Ours is the largest property in the immediate area by some distance, we've massively jacked its value. If we sell, those Zoopla and Rightmove algorithms will ripple out accordingly. But don't worry about it retirees, you're welcome. You get in my way, constantly peer into my plot with your angry faces, and I increase the value of your houses. Seems like a square deal. *the investment is, in reality, considerable.
  7. Wow, this is morphing somewhat... @dpmiller our cameras solely record our own land (it's a big plot). @Declan52 we have signs up everywhere. So rest easy soldiers. Meanwhile, back at the main vein aka how to creatively block the view of intrusive, peering, peeping, angry-faced, curtain-twitching retirees staring directly into my land where my little kids play..... @Cpd we await the pics of your magnificent Salix
  8. @markc do you mean: what's the difference between some hostile 3rd parties peering in to your garden endlessly and you recording said garden yourself via cameras? Well, with one you have these quasi-invisible machines sitting their silently, and with the latter you get an angry looking retiree's face squinting and scowling at the window, while the curtains move.
  9. Speaking freely I would rather take a bunsen burner to my Johnson than give my phone number to some of our neighbours, so think yourself extremely fortunate to be surrounded by superior human beings than I am. Also I have 10 cameras shooting 24/7 in HD and uploading instantly to the cloud so their endless peering lacks value in any way, shape or form.
  10. @Cpd great as that woman in Cowell-style shorts is (cheers @Ferdinand), are you able to show us some pics of the Salix you planted? At 14ft in a year they could spell doom for the prying gaze of the assembled curtain-twitchers!
  11. Well, I stand on my driveway and try and work out how the f&*k to block the elevated windows they're using to peer endlessly in to my land.....so if that counts....you're right...
  12. Interesting.... ....as is this barrier > https://lewisbamboo.com/collections/bamboo-shield Maybe there is a way with the bamboo after all...
  13. @Declan52 alas they can see right in to the driveway currently, and it's that we need to block. Presently they have a clear view from an elevated position of all comings/goings, and that's the part we need to block. I mean...we could probably get it done with 3 or 4 pre grown Leylandii within 5 years but....5 years is a fair old time.