Most people like privacy, and some feel that a neighbour is interfering with their privacy by looking across at, or listening to what they are doing. As far as the law is concerned, there are generally no rights of privacy between neighbours, and if a householder wants to stop a neighbour from intrudinga higher fence, a tree or a hedge, curtains, a closed door or sound proofing are possible solutions. However, where a person proposes to build on, or make additions to their premises and such development requires council planning approval, a neighbour may be able to object in writing to the council on the grounds that the proposed building or alteration would unnecessarily interfere with that neighbours right to privacy, see development objections.
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