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Old 16th June 2017, 10:39   #1 (permalink)
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Planning consent for extensions

I hope that someone is able to advise me or point me in the right direction. I have a semi detached villa on a communal site with similar properties and arrived on my last visit to find my (English) neighbours had built a balcony extension right up to the boundary of our property. As a consequence we are now overlooked inside our property (the living, dining and kitchen area), resulting in a significant loss of privacy - something which we value. This was done without consultation with us. Having initially being quite understanding of our concerns and promising to do something to provide a solution the tone has now changed to something more confrontational and I do not believe a mutually agreeable amicable solution is now possible.
Would balcony extensions normally be subject to consent from the local planning officer or are owners free to build whatever they want on their property ? I assume there are national, local and even site regulations which need to be considered. Just don't know where to start to understand what legal status this extension has.
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Re: Planning consent for extensions

It is a big problem in Turkey. On our complex owners have built all sorts of unauthorised additions to their property ( some even taken over communal ground ) . No one seems to want to do anything about it unless it affects them .Some owners have got fed up ( ex pats ) and sold up and gone. Its a beautiful site,but bears no relation to original build ( I was there at beginning ). No easy answer I am afraid.
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I hope that someone is able to advise me or point me in the right direction. I have a semi detached villa on a communal site with similar properties and arrived on my last visit to find my (English) neighbours had built a balcony extension right up to the boundary of our property. As a consequence we are now overlooked inside our property (the living, dining and kitchen area), resulting in a significant loss of privacy - something which we value. This was done without consultation with us. Having initially being quite understanding of our concerns and promising to do something to provide a solution the tone has now changed to something more confrontational and I do not believe a mutually agreeable amicable solution is now possible.
Would balcony extensions normally be subject to consent from the local planning officer or are owners free to build whatever they want on their property ? I assume there are national, local and even site regulations which need to be considered. Just don't know where to start to understand what legal status this extension has.
Thank you to anyone who has some insights to share !
Its illegal, simple as that.
Plans submitted to the local authority must be adhered to, builders usually build to the max............Anything added requires consent & if the builder has built to the max consent will not be given.
When I built I tried to get a balcony extended out, it was a no. Just to add, if that extension has become "living space" then the footprint of the property has been altered...........another no, no.
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As i understand there must be a minimum distance between property . I would go to have planning reg's checked. They are increasing floor area{ living space} and that need's planning.
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As i understand there must be a minimum distance between property . I would go to have planning reg's checked. They are increasing floor area{ living space} and that need's planning.
Its not a mine field, in fact once your into it its very similar to the UK. Local authority rules. Your quite correct on distances between properties which is also about fires spreading.
In OP case, I think a word with the neighbour is the starting point, then a local architect before approaching the local authority. If its an overbuild, fines could be incurred, best to try & sort it out amicably (as if). Going in OPs favour, no language barrier..........
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Re: Planning consent for extensions

I had a similar problem recently when an owner built on communal ground. Informed him if he did not remove it I would visit council. He removed it next day. If it is built on communal ground it is illegal. Going to council will not win you friends but you will get result. Perhaps let him know you are going to council and see if he listens.
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