We have a smelly, noisy factory as a neighbour alongside our 120ft by
40ft back garden in Surrey borders. We have heard the factory may be
demolished to build a housing development, and I was wondering if
anyone can offer any links what we should do:
1) to protect the value of our house.
2) to capitalise on the value of our garden.
On 9 Jan 2004 08:27:28 -0800, Matthew Church wrote:
Hmm, apart from the fact that housing would seem preferable to a noisy
smelly factory, the local Planning Authority is duty-bound to inform all
*immediate* neighbours of development proposals that might affect them.
I'd start with the local planning office, ask them if they have anything
in the pipeline for the site, and if so, why haven't they sent you a
copy of any applications that might have been lodged with them.
Also ask them if they have published details of their local plan on
their web site - most LA's now have web sites. Spend some time reading
through both County and District development plans - or Unitary
Authority if that applies. If not then make time to go into their
offices and ask to read through the plan.
You'll need to read and re-read through quite a lot of it. See if
there's anything relevant to the parish where you live. See if there's
anything about housing needs generally. See if the government-specified
housing requirement for the area has already been met from other
identified sites. See if there's anything about civic amenities. See if
there's anything about environmental impact. Check on highways
development, also school needs and employment.
Where I live, the local council is going through the processes of a
draft replacement local structure plan. We were notified of an objection
to that replacement plan by a land owner who wanted to sell off a field
presently outside the development boundaries for housing.
We had to do our homework, but throught he Parish Council we were able
to persuade the District Council to reject the objection on the grounds
of poor roads infrastructure, junior schools approaching capacity,
little long term prospects of increased employment prospects, and that
all government stipulated housing requirements for the area were being
met on previously identified sites within the area as a whole, as well
as environmental considerations.
In the end you may not be able to do anything about possible
redevelopment, but at least you'll know a lot more about the local
structure plan for the future!
Thats funny, but I'm sure the developer will have surveyed what theyre
buying, and I think trespasss is a criminal offence nowadays. Not to
mention the fact that neighbour disputes will lower your property
If you really want to capitalise on your property value, I imagine the
possibility of building another house on your land would be the one to
On 9 Jan 2004 21:25:10 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthew
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Matthew Church wrote:
||| In the end you may not be able to do anything about possible
||| redevelopment, but at least you'll know a lot more about the local
||| structure plan for the future!
|| It is good that the factory is coming down, but we do need to keep an
|| eye on what will replace it, thanks Wanderer for your excellent
I was in a similar situation.
There are only seven houses in my street, which has an unmade, unadopted
road, and a factory which was to the side of us was sold, the factory also
owned land to the front and rear.
Long story short, we are now encircled by a modern housing estate, we have
had bulldozers parked in the road, pallets of bricks left for weeks, half
built walls, trees to the front and rear of the properties have been felled
so my once reasonably secluded home and garden is now looked on by many
We had the MP up to see us when the planning app went in as did another
neighbour, totally uninterested.
We complained to the council on occasion during the project and it seemed
there was never much they could do to help.
Now three years later they are just about the finishing touches are almost
complete ( although the first houses were built and occupied within months)
and luckily it seems to have had no adverse effect in house prices.
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