House prob­lem too close to home for Con­nel OAP

The Oban Times - - Review of the Year -

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.

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