Posted: 07/11/2013 at 17:49
Thanks for all your interest in our problem! Planning permission was applied for and granted - however, although we made comments we didn't object not realising the height (5metres) or the proximity to border (50cm) - these measurements were not on the online plan. Sadly we did not check again when approval was granted - we are an easy going couple - so feel a bit stupid. Let's say we wouldn't even build this size of garage this near our own house - so it is galling to have this so close.
No visit was made to see the visual impact on our property - which is interesting because planning approval says ' the building of the garage is not detrimental to the visual amenity of neighbouring properties' I have written to councill challenging the decision, and will take it to Ombudsman - couple with garage are not approachable at all. We are endeavouring to remain calm - there are lot more terrible things in the world - and so I keep telling myself! I am hopeful that it may have to be lowered - and yes it is taller than a one storey house. Our 2 year old looked out the window and said 'house' so you get the picture!
We were on holiday for 3 weeks - so it was quite a shock.