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    Default Any building regs experts out there?

    I know it's not about cars but thought I'd ask. My neighbour has just built a new window into a ground floor wall which overlooks the front of our property. I am wondering if she needs to have had planning permission so wonder if there is any experts out there that could answer my query?

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    I think so, across the road did this to open up the landing in his house, I must admit I wasn't consulted on it, but as he's a good bloke and it doesn't bother me I've never chased it up.

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    your best bet would be to contact your local council to see if there is a plan for the works and they could tell you if your worried about your priversy

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    Hi m8, I'm no expert, but have been looking in to an extension very soon, you need planning permission for 90% of work, and pretty much everything needs to conform to Building Reg,

    Sign yourself up to the planning Portal HERE it will give you a lot of advice, also go on to your local council web site, you'll be able to look over ALL planning permission requests for your road , you'll be able to check if they have asked for permission,

    Hope it helps a little

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    If the wall is on the boundary, then they would not be allowed to insert a window into it as it would be a path for fire.

    If the wall is back from the boundary then you can have windows in walls (from a fire point of view) but it does open up the issue of overlooking.

    A few thoughts: -

    A window at ground floor level can always be responded to with some creative fencing solution on the boundary

    A window at first floor would probably trigger a planning application due to overlooking.

    Is your front garden overlooked from the street, or from other windows in the front of their house, in which case a window in a neighbouring property would probably not be regarded as an issue by the planners.

    Give the local planners a call and talk through your concerns with them.

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    Cheers for the advice I'll drop my local council an e-mail I think

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    Yes you do need a type of planning application/certificate as all installations have to be carried out by someone FENSA registered, so you have all the relevant paperwork should you sell the house. i am a window fitter but work for a local company and therefore are covered by their annual FENSA certificate. i would recommend you contact your local council to put your mind at rest though, hope this helps.

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    the groundfloor extention on our property originally had a round window put into the side that was the boundry with the neighbours side-front garden.They objected and the window had to be filled in.So in your case i would of thought they would of needed planning permission,or at least you were given notice so that you could object....HTH

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    I think you'll find it needs permision from the local building control dept.. It comes under parts L and M of the building regs and it would therefore be notifiable to the local councils building control dept and would need to be installed by a fensa registered installer or your neighbour would have to comply to certain things..

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    Please be aware, if you don't really dislike your neighbour I wouldn't complain, things like this have a habit of creating MASSIVE neighbourly disputes.... (experience talking here)

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