Dad ‘can’t sell house’ because of neighbour’s extension so close he can touch it
1st May 2019

A homeowner claims he hasn't been able to sell his house in more than a year after neighbours built an extension that comes within INCHES of his 'detached' property.

Frustrated Neal Robinson, 52, says the "disgraceful" construction has knocked £60,000 off the value of his three bedroom house, which he is desperately trying to shift.

The father of two has only had one offer, of just £98,000, for the property since it hit the market in January 2018 – one month after building work began, despite it being valued at around £160,000.

Neal, from Blackburn, Lancashire, claims he can touch his next door neighbour's wall by sticking his arm out of his upstairs window.

Blackburn with Darwen Council planning officials approved the extension and maintain there was "no fault" in the decision making process.

The neighbours, a family of six, had the extension done before moving in a year ago according to Neal, who said he has "no relationship" with them.

"I'm disgusted by the way this has been handled," Neal, who works as a driver,said.

"The neighbour's extension is actually touching the guttering of our house.

"I can reach out and touch it."

He added: "It's definitely knocked value off the property.

"The estate agents valued the house at £159,950 but we've only had one offer of £98,000 since then.

"Ten people have also not turned up when viewings have been arranged and people have actually driven past our home, seen the extension, and decided not to view it.

"We want to move out of the area but we can't."
Neal lives in the property with wife Denise, 50, son Scott, 27, and daughter, Emma, 22.

The family first raised concerns about the extension when building work began in December 2017.

Neal insists the planning application should never have been approved.

He said: "I feel as if my concerns have been disregarded from the start."

Council planning manager Gavin Prescott said Neal's complaint has been investigated but insists there was no fault in the council's decision making process.

He said: "Mr Robinson's complaint has been fully and thoroughly investigated by both the council and the local government ombudsman.

"The council's investigation concluded that full consideration had been given to the planning application and all relevant legislation.

"The ombudsman report also concluded that there was no fault in the council's decision making process."

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