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Our bungalow is described as link detached as it is part linked by a party wall. The remaining section of the wall is detached. Our neighbour is proposing to build a side extension along this section of wall, which means we will no longer have access to maintain gutters or brickwork. Our leasehold agreement clearly states that we must have access, yet the planning proposal seems to be going ahead. Can the conditions of a lease be overruled in this way?

Contact the freeholder, or the agent to whom you pay your ground rent, to see if they are interested in pursuing this. It may be a condition of your leases that the freeholder is notified (and paid) if you wish to make alterations to your properties. Normally the planners do not give permission to build right up to the boundary, so you may still have limited access.

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