Do you have photographs of the damage before it collapsed and afterwards?
Do you have any kind of report which would confirm that this damage was caused by the vibration from the piling?
Has anyone else suffered similar damage to their property? How many approximately?
Are you insured for the damage and/or do you have legal expenses insurance attached to your house insurances?
The “after” pictures will be sufficient.
If you get the other 8 people to join in a joint action, it would dilate the legal costs and the risk considerably.
Your claim is against the developer in negligence, not against the local authority. You have a complaint to make to the Local Government but not any litigation.
The value of your claim is whatever the cost is to put the property back into the condition it was in before this occurred.
I suggest that you also get a structural engineer’s report just in case the property has suffered some kind of destabilisation. Claim that cost back also
Can I clarify anything for you?
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You would need to put a question in the US law section of the website but it doesn’t appear to be a United States copyright number according to this
the © merely serves as a reminder and deterrent in the United Kingdom. It is of no legal effect. So you can stick it where you like although if you do not own the copyright, it could be said to be misleading.
I apologise for that. Sometimes posts end up in the wrong section. It’s a problem with cut and paste on my computer.
You would take the matter to the Local Government Ombudsman. Years ago, they were not particularly effective but they do now look into things really deeply.
The council is accountable to the ombudsman and of course the government and the residents.
The ultimate sanction of course is judicial review of the decisions.
Do remember that if any of the local residents don’t join in any legal action, they have no risk but still get the benefit.
I assume that you now have the address of the developer. If not, then you have further grounds for complaint although it should be on the planning application.
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The Ombudsman does have the power to award financial compensation but does not normally do so and it would say that was the remit of the civil courts.
The civil claim is something that your insurer may deal with.
I agree with the comments you make about the council. If it was affecting their personal property, they wouldn’t even consider going ahead with it.
I know at least one local authority chief executive who actually lives in the next county because he prefers the area!