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1. You essentially need to formally write to your neighbour under the Access to Neighbouring Land Act and request permission to access your property to do the works, through his land. Failing permission from him, you can make an application to court to gain access through his property to do the insulation works on your land. It would help if you got a solicitor to write to your neighbour at the outset, as this shows you are serious about going to court to gain access. You should also ensure your solicitor points out to your neighbour that they may be liable to pay the costs of any court application. This will encourage him to give you access.
2. Be aware that a court will almost always grant access upon you giving an undertaking that you will preserve his property in the state you find it when you commence the works. So, you should be confident about gaining access, just that it will take time if your neighbour digs his heels in. However, as he was willing to allow you access at the outset, the hope would be that he would return to his original position and not refuse access.
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4. If you proceed to finish the insulation on the wall facing his house, you will be committing an act of trespass and ultimately it might involve the police. So, I would suggest you seek to reach some agreement with your neighbour about finishing the works.