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I am very sorry to read of the above. May I confirm if the extension(s) are being built right up to the boundary line please?
Thank you. Lastly has the neighbour served upon you a party wall notice in relation to either extension being built along the boundary line?
thank you. It is obviously open to you to object to the planning applications in the usual course of events and should you choose to do so, it would be worth your while obtaining a copy of the local plan for your area from the council in order to determine what factors you can use to legally object to be planning application. Planning regulations will vary from local area to local area as regards ***** ***** are taken into account in determining a planning application and objections are best framed using the relevant local plan as your basis.
However, notwithstanding the grant of planning permission, if the extensions are to be built along the boundary line, your neighbour must first serve upon you prior to starting work, a party wall notice as you must agree to the works before the neighbour can legally proceed. If you do not agree, either you or your neighbour can require a party wall surveyor to be appointed either to act jointly the both of you or separate surveyors as you prefer who can prepare a party wall award to take account of any concerns you may have in relation to the works proposed so far as they have an effect upon your property. The costs of said surveyors fall to your neighbour as the person wishing to carry out the works.
If a neighbour does not adhere to the above requirements, you have the right to apply for an injunction together with costs to prevent the building work continuing until the neighbour has complied with his statutory obligations which you can apply for using form N16A:
The build cannot interfere with any rights of way you enjoy including a right to supply of gas etc. Regarding removing a manhole, this would depend upon whether it is located on your land and if not whether you have a right to inspect using the manhole.
you would need to consult your title deeds to determine the extent of rights you have in respect of any manhole located on your neighbours property. Any such rights you hold would be contained or referred to in the property register of your title registered at the land registry. a copy of your title deeds can be obtained from the land registry using the following link if you do not have a copy in your possession for a fee of 3 pounds:
To the extent that the manhole is located on your land, then the neighbour cannot interfere with the same without your consent.
If you have rights in relation to the manhole or gas supply this is a matter that can be covered under any party wall award