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My son’s neighbour has put up a two metre high fence along his back garden which is only about four feet from my son’s lounge window. Is this legal? It’s completely ruined his view.

It’s not very neighbourly but it’s likely to be legal. A two metre fence is the highest you can put up to divide gardens without requiring planning permission. Householders have no right to an unobstructed view from their windows, so unless your son was able to claim that the fence seriously reduced the light into his lounge (which is unlikely), or there is something in his deeds stipulating a maximum height for boundary fences, there’s nothing he can do, other than attempt to persuade his neighbour to reduce the height of the fence.

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