Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne has listed his luxury home in County Durham for sale.
It’s been described by the selling agent as an “Imposing five bedroom detached residence commanding an exceptional location with panoramic views”.
The property contrasts American/Californian design with some of the best features of style and individuality and it’s design is enhanced by the large double height glazed atrium and spectacular entrance reception.
As you would expect, the property is jam packed with world-renowned brands and names including Villeroy and Bosch, Sottini, Philippe Starck and Bang & Olufsen.
As anyone who lives in a town or city will tell you, neighbours make noise. And when that noise is at 3am and you’ve got work the next day, Jessie Hewitson say’s it’s time to consult our checklist of what to do when you’re living next to a noisy neighbour.
1. Know your tolerance to noise and make appropriate decisions. If you need a monastic hush to sleep at night, live on the top floor or in a well insulated newbuild.
2. It’s best to speak to the neighbour face to face about the problem first. Employ all your powers of gentle persuasion and frame the conversation in a non-confrontational way: invite them for a cup of tea and ply them with biscuits and compliments before the noise chat. Basic psychology dictates that someone is more likely to do something for you if they are not feeling ordered to do it.
3. If your neighbour is a tenant, inform their landlord and see if that does the trick.
4. If the pesky neighbour ignores you – or you feel uncomfortable speaking to them in person – then do the old fashioned thing and write them a letter. Your council website can provide you with a template for this letter, such as this one. This is more formal, so may be taken more seriously – and will also provide you with evidence should the authorities get involved.
5. If this all fails, contact your local council’s Environmental Health team, who will ask you to keep a diary of the noise and then….not do much about it, until you pester them repeatedly and they come out and measure the sound disruption. If it is considered too high the local authority can then issue a notice and your neighbour can be fined or prosecuted if they ignore this.
6. Speak to your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau for free advice.
7. Video or record anything that might prove your point.
8. If you are a home owner, bear in mind that any protracted dispute with your neighbours could have an impact on the sale of your house. Seek advice from a friendly solicitor or friends of friends who have been through this.