A millionaire businessman has been ordered to chop down 80ft trees in the grounds of his mansion after a neighbour dispute that they blocked out sunlight and could crush their homes.
James Turnbull’s £1.4million estate borders a row of gardens in the upmarket village of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. Neighbours claimed the trees were ruining their properties and stopping sunlight from getting into their homes.
One neighbour claimed he slept in his living room in case trees collapsed and fell into his bedroom and also stated that he was forced to switch on lights during the day due to trees blocking the natural light.
He took his complaint to the Scottish Government after Renfrewshire Council rejected his earlier application to have the trees cut down on the basis that ‘significant gaps’ within the hedge allowed sunlight to pass through and dismissed a bid to have them cut down.
However, Government reporter Robert Seaton has now ruled the trees should be chopped by October. He stated, “The removal of these trees should be sufficient to address the matters of sunlight and daylight to the appellants’ properties and their gardens as well as the issues of the dominance of hedge and needle fall.”
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