We live in a semi-detatched in the middle of a town, with a small yard - and that's about it. Next door is a 'buy-to-let' property with tenants that stay for 6 months to a year. We have a right of access through their back garden and this has always been our main access point.
The boundary markers are a 3 foot fence against the property and a similar size brick wall that retains their raised garden. Along the boundary line, we have a washing line as this is the only place to have one.
The property owners now want to install high trellis fences to encourage plant growth and to effectively block us from their bargen view.
This will mean that we will be unable to use our washing line AND will seriously cut down on the light that comes into our kitchen and garden (the boundary runs East/West and we are on the North side).
I have a meeting with the property owner this weekend to discuss their plans but from the tone of the emails, they have made up their mind and have effectively told us they object to our washing blowing over their property and that we should move the line. We have no alternative siting for the line and this will effectively prevent all use of the line.
Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening (assuming the discussion on Saturday doesn't work)? They don't need planning permission (I wouldn't have thought so!) but do I have any rights on restricted light to my property and use of existing amenities?
Sorry for the waffle......