Finsbury Park woman distraught after balcony knocked down by neighbour
PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 January 2014
» woman claims she watched in horror as her neighbour placed a cross-bar across her door and demolished her beloved balcony with a claw-hammer after allegedly getting permission from the town hall.
Patricia Carrington says she will now take the man to court after the structure at her home in Portland Rise, Finsbury Park, was destroyed last month to make way for an extension to his property.
The neighbour got permission for the project in July, but Ms Carrington is disputing his claims that consent to demolish the balcony was “implicit” in Hackney Council’s planning consent.
She said: “It’s too shocking. It was a truly horrible experience to have a cross-bar forcibly placed over my back door and be left to watch as this man took a claw-hammer and mallet to rip apart what has been part of my home for nearly 30 years.
“The balcony was like an old friend which I was attached to and the wood used to have it newly refurbished was left lying in pieces in the neighbour’s garden along with other belongings of mine which I was given three days to collect.”
Ms Carrington said her neighbour told police, who were called out on the day, that he would reinstate her balcony.
She continued: “Hackney planning staff have been really generous with their time and super helpful but I fear this is only the beginning of an increase in such casualties who may be forced into litigation as a consequence of having shorter consultation periods and allowing builders greater scope.
“After a long wait everything seemed to happen so fast. I’m dyslexic, in poor health and couldn’t keep abreast of the process. I also found the plans inaccessible and was clueless about how to fully safeguard my interests.”
The neighbour and his agent, the Architecture and Urban Design Bureau, was unavailable for comment.
Hackney Council said the matter was a civil dispute.
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