FURIOUS neighbours say they can see naked people through windows of a new Eastcote housing estate, after developers flouted planning permission.
People living next to the housing development on the former RAF Eastcote site, in Lime Grove, are angry that windows, roof lights and dormers have been included despite not being in the original plans.
Developer Taylor Wimpey has now asked for the plans to be adapted retrospectively, and Hillingdon Council’s north area planning committee met to hear the application on Thursday last week.
The company said in a statement: “Taylor Wimpey understands there is a perception of overlooking from some properties and we are currently reviewing our options as to a way forward.
“We are keen to resolve this issue to the satisfaction of all parties.”
Three petitions from disgruntled neighbours opposed to the variations were heard by committee members deciding on the future of the newly built flats and houses.
There are major discrepancies between the original scheme that was given planning permission and the houses and flats that have been built by Taylor Wimpey.
Jackie Rediup, of Field End Road, spoke on behalf of Eastcote Residents’ Association, and Alison Akerman, who lives in Eastcote Road, spoke on behalf of people living in her street.
Mrs Rediup said: “Our main concern is the overlooking and loss of privacy that the development has brought.”
Mrs Akerman said: “It’s unbelievable we are again speaking on these issues, this is the third time.
“Taylor Wimpey can’t go on riding roughshod over planning permission.
“Neighbours can watch nude people getting dressed in detail.
“Enough is enough.”
But despite the two petitions, councillors gave permission for amended plans for two blocks plus retention of Velux windows and roof lights that had been added.
A decision on a third block of flats was deferred because the committee had been given incorrect plans.
But it was not all good news for Taylor Wimpey, and it will now have to make changes to some of the properties already built.
Ann Wright, whose house in Azalea Walk backs on to the new development, spoke on behalf of her neighbours who had petitioned against the application to amend plans for houses on the former RAF site, which come in a variety of styles and complement the many flats.
“We are being viewed by a block of windows from all sides, giving us the impression of living in a goldfish bowl,” Mrs Wright said.
“Why should Taylor Wimpey get away with building whatever they want for financial gain?”
Permission for the changes to two types of houses were refused on the grounds they infringed the privacy of people in Azalea Walk, because windows that were not in the original plans had been included, and overlooked back gardens.