Good afternoon Wingrovebuyer
Thank you for your reply to my question.
I hope my feedback gave you the credit due.
Please may I ask another question relating to earlier one?
When my neighbour began talking about moving his daughter into the barn earlier this year, he said that he was going to build a studio flat through creating an upper floor whilst keeping the bottom for storage, as he had always done.
My neighbour has now begun ( I think!) to make changes to his barn. He has been taking deliveries of wood and there has been a lot of sawing and banging over this weekend and there has been two guys there working inside the barn. This morning a two seater settee was delivered. So I guess my suspicions are confirmed.
I really thought the issue of the posts would have prevented my neighbour from converting his barn to living accommodation because it (may) be in breach of planning and building regulations.
I am now in a bit of a quandary. I am not bothered about my neighbour's daughter moving into the barn because she has, in effect, just moved from the family home into the barn. I don't want to upset my neighbours because there is only two houses here and it does make it awkward if there is tension. A couple of years ago, my neighbours wanted me to cut a hole in my hedge so that their daughters could walk through to their house rather than use a busy road at the end of the drive. This meant them walking across my land to my drive which I was not really happy about. I agreed for a while but stopped it in the end. A couple of months later their youngest daughter was clipped by a car and so I had to agree for the girls to go through the hedge but again, I was not happy about it because they started bringing their friends through that way. This situation still stays. The problem is that my neighbours are, in effect, land locked and they only way they can get anywhere is over my drive.
One of my neighbour's daughters owns a car and so there are now three family cars going up and down my drive, sometimes for up 3 or 4 times a day. They have lots of visitors too. I have one car and my partner (who does not live with me) has one too but I live alone.
However, I am now concerned that my neighbour has now turned his barn into residential accommodation and how that will develop. The daughter has a boyfriend so...There is another daughter too....The potential for further traffic, noise and pollution affecting me is worrying. Not to mention late night visitors, parties and further detriment to the drive.
I have discovered that the government has changed the criteria about converting barns to living accommodation, provided the barns were originally used for agriculture. This came in in April 2014.
My questions are:
1). Should I make stand now before the daughter moves in and risk bad feeling?
2). Is my neighbour really acting illegally?
3). If so, what should I do about it, if anything?
4). Should I speak to my neighbours, (one of whom challenged the original planning permission) or wait a while?
5). Or should I just wait and see, but if I do that it may be too late once the barn has been converted and there has been a change of use.
6). Would my neighbour need to make a further application for a change of use?
7). If he is going ahead does this mean he has checked with local planning rules or is he taking a gamble that no one will notice the change of use?