In relation to neighbour disputes noise is probably the most
common cause of disputes between neighbours but others include
odour, dust, lack of light, branch and root encroachment, and
trespass. These sorts of problems often arise out of development of
one sort or another. It could be something as simple as the
erection of a new fence or something more complex, such as the
construction of a new extension, basement or penthouse.
Planning permission is usually required for any significant
development. This may give a neighbour an opportunity to challenge
a scheme before construction starts. If permission for a scheme is
granted then the owner/developer and any aggrieved neighbour will
probably want advice on a range of legal issues including trespass,
party wall and right of light issues, and common law nuisance.
Landlord and tenant issues also need to be considered if the
development relates to buildings such as blocks of flats.
We advise owners and/or developers and aggrieved neighbours on
all manner of neighbour disputes.