Just had a call & visit from the local planning enforcement officer
following an 'anonymous' complaint that I was illegally running a
business from home.
I suspect that my neighbours (the ones with the noisy dog mentioned
before) have made the complaint, as we recently informed them that
they were in breach of the Party Wall Act with respect to the
extension they are building, which didn't go down too well.
The good news is that the planning officer (very pleasant lady btw)
happily confirmed that having a phone, desk, computer, and fax machine
is perfectly ok as she could see from our website that this is just a
local sales office, with the factory and toolroom being 25 miles up
the road in Clacton, so the complaint has been closed almost as soon
as it was opened. Having a lathe & mill in the garage for hobby use is
no problem either apparently.
I suspect that the next avenue of tit-for-tat complaints from them
will be excessive noise (although there isn't) when the machines are
Has anyone else had problems with neighbours complaining about their
hobby workshop, from noise or other activities?
14 years ago