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Your neighbour may have rights under the Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992. This law enables the court to grant an applicant (your neighbour) a temporary right of access in order to carry out basic preservation works , in other words, work required in order to repair or maintain the applicant’s property. The above law gives a clear distinction between preservation works and works which are solely about improving the property. Essentially, the court will not grant a right of access for the latter so if your neigbour is building in order to improve their property, they need consent of any neighbours. As such you could reasonably demand they take down the scaffolding and if they did not, you could apply to the court for an injunction (which costs £308 but is recovereable from the neighbour if your application succeeds). However, first of all report the neighbour to the council to report this - they may serve a notice under their statutory powers. I am unsure which is your council but if you let me know I can find the correct number for you.
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