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Planning for Sports Centre being built to the back of property

We are about to exchange on a property and have only just been informed that there are plans for the expansion of an existing leisure centre. There are currently tennis courts to the back of the garden, but these will be removed and in its place will be a 2 storey building which will have enclosed tennis courts and a dance studio above. The structure will be around 15 mtrs high and will be 6-7 mtrs away from the garden fence. This was not disclosed until days before exchange, we have now delayed exchange until we have a better understanding of what we are facing. Could something like this effect the value of this house? As disappointing as this is, I think we would still proceed but don't want to be left with a house that significantly drops in price once the sports centre is built and cannot be sold. They are submitting planning in September. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Asked on Aug 3 2017, General in Chelmsford | Report content

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  • Hello - it could cause an issue with eventual resale especially if the light to your house is blocked, not to mention the extra noise. Although it is harsh on the vendor, you really should have been notified during the initial stages of the sale about this. I would get in touch with your solicitor to make some further enquiries with regards to what the plans are. You may also want to get in touch with the council planning department to see if there´s any further information they can provide you. I would then look to negotiate on the price accordingly.

    Answered on Aug 6 2017, Report content

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