A woman claims she and her husband are being forced to sell their dream property because they can see their neighbours when they shower.
Pauline Boyd and her partner purchased the home in Blair Drummond, Scotland, in the hopes of living a quiet life.
However, after a new house was built next door to her home the couple were faced with privacy concerns.
And, an unsettling view when eating their dinner…
Pauline also blasted the local council after she said they failed to inform her of the planning application details for next door.
The council later made a formal apology following an investigation, reports the Daily Record.
Pauline said: "When we first got here, it was quite rural and while we had neighbours, they weren’t really in your face.
“In January 2019, the owner decided to sell a bit of his land near us and the property that is there now has a garage that looks right into where we eat.
“There is also a shower room in the property and so we can see people through there while we’re eating our dinner, even though the windows are frosted.
“It’s got to the stage that it our stress levels are really bad and really impacted us – we’re having to keep our shutters closed but we don’t want to be doing that.”
After an initial planning application was submitted in march 2019 a further application with detailed plans was submitted in September of that year.
This caused Pauline to send in a complaint and a council probe was launched.
In a letter sent to Pauline in January 2021, Stirling Council’s planning and building standards manager, Christina Cox, wrote: “I have looked into how this error arose and hope that the following provides some explanation.
“The Gateway team within the planning service undertake neighbour notification of all planning applications.
“In this instance, the officer correctly identified your property to be neighbour notified, however, the letter was not printed for issue.
“It is likely that the officer was distracted by taking a telephone call midway through the task and did not complete the printing of the letter to issue to you.”
A furious Pauline has explained that she now plans to sell her house and move.
She commented: “It has been a nightmare with Stirling Council and it has been so badly mishandled in general," she said.
“The systems are in place but they just don’t appear to be working because if we had known about this garage going up, we would have built a fortress or a stronger fence.
“We’re looking for a new place to live because this property is impacting our lives.
“It’s a shame that we’re having to sell because we’ve done a lot of work on the house.”
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In response, a Stirling Council spokesperson said that Ms Boyd’s objections to the property were properly considered in the first application and said her property was three times the minimum privacy distance from her neighbour.
The spokesperson acknowledged that Ms Boyd should have had the opportunity to comment on the second application, but added that the complaints process had now been exhausted, with a letter posted for options to take things further if she wished, reports the Mirror.
They added: “The council has apologised in writing to Mrs Boyd regarding this matter and her complaints have been fully investigated.
“Further quality assurance processes have been put in place to ensure this error is not repeated.”
The Daily Star has contacted Stirling Council for comment.
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