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The neighbour seems to want to inconvenience or disrupt us at every turn. We are both building new homes and he has put balconies on his house front and back which extend 1.6m beyond the property (he does not have planning permission for this so I have contacted the local council). I did try to discuss the issue of the balconies with him but just received a very aggressive email explaining how he thought he was within his rights to "tweak" the plans at building stage and couldn't see how this was affecting my privacy. Since then he has built a 2m block wall between the two properties. This was due to be done after we had built our house to make our build easier to complete. Also four weeks ago he started digging the foundations for the office block in the rear of his garden. This blocked our access to the rear of the property (across his land but permitted by the deeds of both houses) so we cannot use the rear access to park our cars next to the caravan we are living in. Also the foundations are 1.1m deep and although he has put fencing to protect the hole, as our ground is sand, with every rain fall more of my property is falling into this hole. His wife refuses to speak to us and he will only speak if he wants something from us. My worry is, if we allow him to dig up our front drive as well we will have no access to our property to park our cars or have deliveries for our own build.
Although overground services are a thing of the past our electricity also comes in overhead, but he had this routed across our drive before we bought the plot.
I think the answer to this is to install the trunking for the wire ourselves (he has said he already has the trunking) and then we have control over when and how long the job takes.
Many thanks once again for an excellent answer.