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Have you complained to the Council yet please?
No. We hope to avoid falling out with the neighbour as an injunction would close his business
If you speak to the Council they may consider the position in terms of planning.
If he is running a business then he may need planning permission
They may be able to limit the amount of work that is done there.
I would suggest this course of action as this is a free option and it takes it out of your hands.
But sadly apart from that, the next step would be taking Court action, which could be costly.
But try the Council first of all
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Would it not be better to write to the person running the business firdt
Yes, but then of course they know you are unhappy and if that does not resolve it and you then complain to the Council, they will put two and two together
It is therefore a matter for you which route you take.
I was just suggesting the Council to avoid any potential conflict with the neighbour
Can I clarify anything else?
I don't think you have really helped me at all
You asked can you do anything to stop the business being run
You have several options:
1) Complain to the Council
2) Write to the owner and ask him to stop
3) If he refuses then ask a local Solicitor to write to ask him to stop
4) If he refuses then you can issue proceedings
You would need to complete form N1
The Court can then order him to stop
Those are the options to get him to stop running the business from home, which as I understand it is your posted question
Clearly there would be a cost of going to Court and you wont get legal aid
But if you win then the Judge can award costs
Does that give you the options available today?
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