Residents worried new neighbours can look right into their bedrooms

When David Rowe saw that planning permission was being granted for a new housing development behind his Redruth home he was concerned about being overlooked.

However after he and his neighbours were given assurances that they would not be overlooked by their new neighbours his mind was put at rest.

But now, as a row of bungalows rise out of the ground just metres from his back garden he can see that the windows of the new properties will look directly into his home.

David said: “We are seriously overlooked – their patio doors and windows look directly into our bedroom window.

“There are 10 bungalows in our road and none of us are happy about this.”

However while David is unhappy about the position of the new bungalows he has been told there is nothing that can be done as they have been built in line with the planning permission granted by Cornwall Council.

He said he originally believed that the foundations would be lower and that the developers’ need to raise the land levels had caused the overlooking.

David says he has no criticism of the developers or the builders who he says have been doing a good job.

He also explained how the construction company had helped with an extra portion of garden which was provided to residents in Trelawney Avenue.

But he said: “I am disappointed with Cornwall Council and the planning department for allowing this to go ahead.

“We have been offered shrubs to put along the wall at the back of our property but those will take years to grow enough to prevent us from being overlooked.”

The new bungalows being built behind Trelawney Avenue which residents are concerned are on a higher level and so overlook their properties (Image: LDRS/Richard Whitehouse)

Local Cornwall councillor Barbara Ellenbroek took up the case for David and his neighbours.

Cornwall Council did consider whether enforcement action should be taken but said that no breach of planning had occurred and so it closed the case.

In an email to Cllr Ellenbroek they explained: “The evidence submitted by the developer’s surveying and engineering company indicates that the development is being built in accordance with the approved plans in terms of the finished floor levels.

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“I have inspected the approved plans, finished floor levels and section drawings of the development, as well as the photographs supplied with this case. Along with the evidence now provided by the developer, this does not indicate that there has been any breach of planning control at the site and no further action is required at this stage.”

Cllr Ellenbroek has agreed to raise the issue with George Eustice MP to see if any further action can be taken.

Cornwall Live