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Lon­don – Res­i­dents of a lux­ury Lon­don block who were try­ing to stop vis­i­tors to the neigh­bour­ing Tate Mod­ern art gallery from peer­ing into their glass-walled apart­ments lost their case in the Court of Ap­peal this week.

The dis­pute be­gan in 2016, when the Tate opened a new ex­ten­sion, the Blavat­nik Build­ing, which fea­tures a panoramic plat­form on its top floor that gives vis­i­tors clear views of the in­side of some flats in the nearby Neo Bank­side de­vel­op­ment.

Res­i­dents of the block com­plained that vis­i­tors to the view­ing plat­form stared into their apart­ments, took photos and posted them on­line, and in some cases even used binoc­u­lars to get a closer look.

A to­tal of 124 photos of the dwellings found on In­sta­gram in the pe­riod be­tween June 2016 and April 2018 were es­ti­mated to have reached an au­di­ence of 38 600 people.

But the own­ers of four flats’ le­gal ac­tion at­tracted lit­tle sym­pa­thy from many Lon­don­ers strug­gling to find af­ford­able hous­ing in the over­crowded and over­priced cap­i­tal. But the Court of Ap­peal said the case raised se­ri­ous is­sues of law, such as whether over­look­ing could con­sti­tute a nui­sance.

The judges an­swered that it could not.

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