House problem too close to home for Connel OAP
A CONNEL woman has been left distraught after a planning mistake led to a house being built too close to her property.
Ann Colhart’s 28msq extension, which has been there for 14 years, wasn’t included in the development plans and has resulted in a house being built nine metres away from her property, when guidelines state it must be at least 18.
The 71-year- old, who has lived in her home for 32 years, first became aware of the problem as plots three and four of the development to expand the village progressed.
Mrs Colhart contacted the planners at the beginning of May and work was halted as a solution was sought. Mrs Colhart said: ‘It’s been very stressful and my privacy has been invaded.
‘Everyone who walks in says that it [the nearest house] has to be taken down.
‘People from the village come up to look at it and say this can’t be allowed.
‘We never had neighbour notifications about it and, even if we had, I wouldn’t have known about distance guidelines.’
Mrs Colhart now avoids being in her extension because when she enters she is forced to look at the housing development.
Mrs Colhart in her Connel home overlooking the housing development.