Ok, so imagine the scene - we moved into our lovely new place at the beginning of the month to find a document on the kitchen table left by the previous owners.
Said document contains plans drawn up by immediate next door neighbour to increase roof height and change from sloping roof to big flat boxy roof. Documents are dated August 2012.
During house purchase our solicitor reports to us from searches carried out that no local planning had been requested or granted (except flat conversion futrther down the road).
Also, paperwork provided by previous owners during the purchase process claims of no known intent to build/extend in local vacinity.
Last Saturday our new neighbour introduces himself and immediately informs us of his approved plans, and that work commences this June. Oh, and he'd like to use our garden to prop his scaffolding...
Now, I asked my solicitors what the deal was with these plans over two weeks ago and got a 'i'll look into it' response. Ive since been back on to them to state that the plans have indeed already been approved - what the hell is going on? Apparently they are on to their litigation experts and are going to get back to me.
Now, ive no issue with someone wanting to improve their house, but the only concession we made when finding this place was that it had a very small courtyard garden with a high brick wall.
Ive monitored the Sun's movement across the garden over the last couple weeks and whaddya know, it passes right over the neighbours current roofline at around midday, casting shadow over approx 1/3 to 1/2 of our garden. Im under no doubt that we will lose considerably more, if not all of our potential afternoon Sun after the roof height has been raised. Not to mention feeling more enclosed (the house next door is set higher than ours).
Also, we have a 3yo son and im concerned about his welfare during the building of extention with the close proximity of the materials/scaffolding etc. Im sure his/our first summer in our lovely new house is going to be comprimised by this development.
So, I dont with to fall out with my new neighbour, and he's done nothing wrong - but surely theres something amiss here, right?
Whom should I be more concerned with, my solicitor for not finding the obvious or the seller of property for not disclosing what they clearly knew about?
I'm sure our solicitor will try to offload the blame onto the seller, should I go down that route? or go nuts at them for missing this from the searches?
Do you think we are entitled to some form of compensation here?
We love our new house and the location is superb, but there's no way we'd have offered the amount we did to seal the purchase had we known the full facts.
For the record, they are both detached properties.