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Homeowner Forced To Sell Dream Home Because She Can See Neighbours Showering

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Homeowner Forced To Sell Dream Home Because She Can See Neighbours Showering

The owner of a dream home says she is being forced to sell up over privacy concerns from a neighbouring property - more specifically, that she can see their frosted silhouettes showering...

Pauline Boyd purchased Greylag in Rossburn Lane, Blair Drummond in Scotland three and a half years ago to give her and her partner a base to see their family and to grab a slice of rural life. For many that sounds idyllic.

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Credit: Media Scotland

However, Ms Boyd claims her peace was to be ruined when another house was built close to her own, including a garage which looks directly into her kitchen and living area.

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And she has also blasted council planning chiefs after she wasn't given a letter informing her of the details of the planning application, with the council forced to apologise after an investigation revealed the employee responsible for sending the letter was distracted by a phone call.

Ms Boyd explained: "When we first got here, it was quite rural and while we had neighbours, they weren't really in your face.

"In January 2019, the owner decided to sell a bit of his land near us and the property that is there now has a garage that looks right into where we eat. There is also a shower room in the property and so we can see people through there while we're eating our dinner, even though the windows are frosted.

"It's got to the stage that it our stress levels are really bad and really impacted our lives - we're having to keep our shutters closed but we don't want to be doing that."

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Credit: Media Scotland

In a letter sent to Ms Boyd in January this year, Stirling Council's planning and building standards manager, Christina Cox, writes: "I have looked into how this error arose and hope that the following provides some explanation.

"The Gateway team within the planning service undertake neighbour notification of all planning applications. In this instance, the officer correctly identified your property to be neighbour notified, however, the letter was not printed for issue.

"It is likely that the officer was distracted by taking a telephone call midway through the task and did not complete the printing of the letter to issue to you."

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Ms Boyd says she has been left angry by the handling of her case and has placed her house on the market due to the loss of privacy.

She added: "It has been a nightmare with Stirling Council and it has been so badly mishandled in general. The systems are in place but they just don't appear to be working because if we had known about this garage going up, we would have built a fortress or a stronger fence.

"We're looking for a new place to live because this property is impacting our lives - we moved here for rural living but we feel like fish in a bowl and we can't even sit in our garden because we're looking directly on to this garage near the road.

"It's a shame that we're having to sell because we've done a lot of work on the house."

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Credit: Facebook/Stirling Council

In response, a Stirling Council spokesperson said that Ms Boyd's objections to the property were properly considered in the first application and said her property was three times the minimum privacy distance from her neighbour.

The spokesperson acknowledged that Ms Boyd should have had the opportunity to comment on the second application, but added that the complaints process had now been exhausted, with a letter posted for options to take things further if she wished.

They added: "The council has apologised in writing to Mrs Boyd regarding this matter and her complaints have been fully investigated.

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"Further quality assurance processes have been put in place to ensure this error is not repeated."

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Topics: News, Weird, Scotland

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