So about 18 months my family and I ( 7 of us ) through no fault of our own were put into emerngency housing we were housed in a 3 ( read 2.5 ) bed as a temporary solution until a larger house was found. At the time I asked if it was ok to build a temporary shed next to the house ( well I'm pretty sure I asked ). I built in such a way that it could be dismantled in sections although I didn't quite finish the cladding or felt the roof. When I was building it I could hear the ( old, been there for years ) neighbors commenting ( for me to hear ) what's he building it there for etc..Any way long story short after living out of boxes for 6 months we decided to ask if we could stay put to which the council said yes. The other week the old lady next door was outside and I cheerily said hello and asked how her and her husband are. to which she replied my husband is in ICU ( dont know why ) and when am I taking the shed down. She said her husband doesn't like seeing it as it is an eyesore when they are in their front room. And it'll have their fence down.
I explained to her that the shed isn't attached to 'their' fence to which she replied oh, can you put a guttering on it then. Which of course I can.
The shed measure approx. 2m wide, 3m long 2.4m high and slopes back toward their 6 foot fence. the side of the shed is higher than their fence by about 4inches.
Last week I phoned the council and they have said to write a letter asking for retrospective permission giving dimensions, location and details of the base structure as well as cladding etc.
This week I get a phone call asking why haven't I written a letter as they are still receiving complaints and that will need to inspect it.
I don't understand it. Why don't the neighbours just let us get on with our lives. He has 4 sheds in his garden ( 2 of which I can see from our dining table in the kitchen ) and a green-house with a white sheet thrown over it which i can see also. He has fires in his garden when he likes whether we have washing on the line or not. I don't care whether he likes us or not the same as I don't care whether we get on or not although getting on is the easier option. Does he have more rights to impact our lives as we do to his??
maybe someone has been in a sililar situation and can help with some wording, advice etc.
I forgot to mention that the idea of putting the shed next to the house was to store our bikes and I have a lot of expensive tools.