Builder installs two-floor cabin next to garden

Railway View resident Ivan Humphrey in his garden, overlooked by a portable building

Railway View resident Ivan Humphrey in his garden, overlooked by a portable building

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A Kettering man has issued a warning to residents living near building sites to be aware after developers constructed a two-storey temporary building overlooking his home and garden.

Ivan Humphrey, from Railway View, said he complained to Kettering Council and High Street Homes – who have permission to build 28 flats on a site behind his home – after the cabins were installed, only to be told that the developers had not done anything wrong.

Mr Humphrey said: “People need to be aware that if a development is going on next door, developers can erect site amenities as high as the Empire State Building and there is nothing you or your council can do about.

“I wasn’t consulted by the developers before they put the cabins there.

“The ground floor one was installed a few months ago, and I did fear the worst because a set of steps was with it, but I didn’t imagine they would put one on top of it.

“It looks into my first floor windows and people inside would be able to see into our bedrooms if we leave the doors open.”

The flats, in Lower Street, were given planning permission earlier this year, although there are a number of conditions which have not yet been resolved.

The Telegraph spoke to High Street Homes director Bob Goss earlier this week, who responded to Mr Humphrey’s concerns by removing the upper cabin on Wednesday.

He added: “We have not done anything illegal, but as a goodwill gesture to Mr Humphrey we are removing the cabin and placing it next to the others on ground level.”