Couple’s anger as 6.5m building goes up next door

Andy Pulling in his back garden, which he claims is now overlooked by his neighbour's new building.
Andy Pulling in his back garden, which he claims is now overlooked by his neighbour's new building.
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A Gosberton couple who moved to the country to enjoy open space say they are at their wits’ end after neighbours blocked their view.

Karen and Andy Pulling moved off an estate 10 years ago to set up their engineering business in Sweetlands Way because they didn’t want to be overlooked.

All was well until 18 months ago when their neighbours were granted permission to build what they thought was going to be a garage.

According to the couple, they are now overlooked by a six-and-a-half meter high building which has been built right on their boundary line.

Mrs Pulling, 41, said: “We moved to the country for a reason because we didn’t want to be overlooked by neighbours. For ten years there hasn’t been a problem.

“Now we are blocked in by a brick monstrosity.”

A letter from South Holland District Council saying the authority had investigated their complaint but found nothing wrong has added to her distress.

She said: “We understood planning permission was for a garage, but this clearly will be lived in. I don’t understand how this got passed - they even had to come on our land to build it.

“It’s making me ill - I just don’t know where to go with this. No-one seems to want to know.”

Michael Evison, of Wargate Field Lane, said he was surprised his neighbour had waited a year to complain.

He said: “The matter is finished - the council approved the building and that’s all I have to say.”

In a statement from the district council, the building at Wargate Lodge was referred to as a garage and storage area.

It read: “In determining this retrospective planning application South Holland District Council, as in all cases, strictly followed established procedures and policies and could see no reasons why it should not be granted consent.

“The matter has been through all three stages of the council’s complaints procedure and the original decision, to grant planning permission, has at each stage been upheld.”