Scottish Borders Council - complaint was from a man (referred to in this report as Mr C) who complained that Scottish Borders Council (the Council) failed to take his objections into account and had acted unreasonably in granting his neighbour's retrospective application for planning permission for two areas of decking in his rear garden which affected Mr C's privacy.
On 5 May 2005 the Ombudsman received a complaint from Mrs C on behalf of her elderly father (Mr F), who is in poor health, about the way in which North Ayrshire Council handled the sale of his council house.
Perth and Kinross Council
The Ombudsman received a complaint from Mr C alleging that Renfrewshire Council had failed to properly carry out footpath repairs close to his home.
This complaint was received from the tenant of an East Ayrshire Council house in Kilmarnock (Mr L). Mr L was aggrieved about the Council’s actions as housing authority, in intimating to him that they intended to raise proceedings to recover possession of his home on grounds of his prolonged absence without their prior permission.
The complaint related to West Dunbartonshire Council’s handling of representations about unauthorised timber decking erected by the complainant’s neighbours in the rear garden of their adjoining semi-detached property.
The complainant is the former owner of a substantial detached house and farm steading buildings in a rural part of the Council’s area. Prior to marketing his property, Mr C commissioned an architectural practice to obtain planning consent on his behalf for demolition of some existing buildings and residential development in the farm courtyard area.
The complaint concerned The City of Edinburgh Council’s response, in December 2001, to an enquiry from the complainants’ architectural agents which failed to disclose a condition attached to an amended planning consent of twenty years earlier, that the terraced dwelling house in which they resided should not be extended without the prior written approval of the planning authority.