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my Neighbour has just put up a 10ft playhouse that looks into our garden, taking away all out privacy, we cannot plant trees as there are utility lines in the ground, I am looking for ideas on how to block the playhouse seeing in and is seeing the playhouse, thank you ????



  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    In some areas (maybe all) there are restrictions on the height of play houses overlooking neighbouring property so it may be worth while enquiring from your local council.

    SW Scotland
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,116



    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,167

    Yeh - and add a sniper as well....image

    I sometimes wonder what goes through people's heads though - no consideration image

    I'd certainly have a word with the council as Joyce suggests. There are height restrictions, especially for a structure near a boundary.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,579

    If the council can't or won't help, I suggest you erect some 3m high fence posts and string rope swags between them at 18"/45cms intervals.  You can then plant rambling roses which will grow along the swags and provide colour and privacy.

    You'll need to pre-drill the posts to take the rope and also bury the posts in concrete boots for stability so get them at least 50 to 60cms longer than the height you need above ground.  You can use quick setting post concrete that you pour in the hles dry and then add water and hold the posts still for half an hour while it goes off.  Google "rope swags for roses" for info.

    I suggest repeat flowering roses.  Not common in ramblers but there are a few.  David Austin roses list quite a few -  You'll find some in local garden centres but probably best to order direct if you want a few as they will come with planting and cultivation advice.

    There are other climbers such as clematis and honeysuckle but in this situation I would advise roses if you have the patience to wait a season or two for them to grow. 

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    I suggest that Evangeline gets a life, or has treatment for paranoia.  If the children look into her garden I suggest she just waves at them in a cheery manner.  

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,579

    That's mean Welsh.  It's one thing being friendly to neighbours and kids; quite another to feel invaded and with all privacy lost.

    Last edited: 15 January 2017 14:11:33

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,160

    Evangeline - have you spoken with the neighbours?  Do they realise how upset you are?  It may be some sort of compromise can be reached on a friendly basis rather than relying council intervention.  But I do like the suggestion from Obelixx - and you would be able to enjoy the roses for years to come, long after next doors' little darlings have grown up!

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    I did suggest she gives them a cheery wave. They are children in the playhouse.

    What is she getting up to in the garden which will merit a second glance from children playing?

    I belong to the 'live and let live' generation.  The children will grow up and cease to use the playhouse very soon.  The family next door might put in a swimming pool instead!

    Go to the Council; why?  Now that seems mean and unnecessary.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,579

    Cos there are rules about what you can and can't do with houses, gardens and boundaries that are designed to promote safe and courteous living for all.  I suppose a lot depends on how well or badly behaved these kids are.  Chances are with parents that do something this insensitive the kids are not going to be too considerate.  I wouldn't want to be sunbathing or trying to have a quiet lunch or dinner outside with a bunch of kids peering in over the fence.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,160

    Rules governing planning permission for a playhouse used to be max 4metres height (3 metres to the eaves) and 1 metre away from a boundary.  Rules change, so it is worth double checking.  But with all neighbour (potential) disputes, it is sometimes better for all concerned to talk first.

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