Thanks for your reply. They do have 'right of access' to their back gate only from the lane, via the footpath on the neighbours land to our field and then behind the neighbours house to their single garden gate. This is stated in the Deeds and both ours and the neighbours Deeds state nothing bigger than a wheelbarrow to be used. The cottages are a few hundred years old by the way! As they are altering the roof line and putting a first floor in, are they allowed to put scaffolding up in our field even if we say 'no'. (if the plans are passed of course). We could, of course, always put a rusty old tractor in front of the wall now I suppose! Julie
Thank you very much WB, you have given us the answers we were hoping for.
Sorry, pressed return, before I had finished. I also meant to add, I will let you know how we go on with the planning application. Regards Julie
Just to let you know that the submitted planning application was refused. Mainly because of Policy GC12, specifically the amount of additional floor space in the application - 60.9%!!
We had a letter from him last Saturday (the first communication since he bought the property 12 months ago!) and he is doing a re-application, so we await round 2... Also in the letter he said his architect didn't include any barrier on the plans as they were not required for the planning decision and that the planning officer has misinterpreted GC12!!
Once again thanks for your help and we will be in touch if we need more advice.