ANGRY residents of a Cheltenham terrace say newly-built homes which overlook their back gardens have robbed them of their privacy.
People living in Windyridge Gardens, in Wymans Brook, are upset after 13 affordable homes, including seven houses and six apartments, have gone up inches from their boundary walls.
The plans were granted planning permission in May last year, but residents claim the application was approved without their knowledge.
They say their own homes have plummeted in value as a result of the overbearing structures. They have complained that ongoing work on the development has caused damage to several of their garden fences, which border onto the building site.
Valerie DaCosta-Greene, 57, who has lived in Windyridge Gardens for 28 years, said: "We're not happy about this at all. Anyone who comes down here and has a look for themselves can see how overbearing these properties are.
"I don't want people looking down into my home and neither do other families. Added to that, I have had damage to my fence. It's not good enough."
Ms DaCosta-Greene said she had been aware the site, formerly a car park at the back of Wymans Brook shops, had been granted outline planning permission for homes five years ago.
But she claims she and her neighbours were kept in the dark that proposals had been given the green light.
Fellow resident Dino Daramci said: "I am seriously considering moving away from here, but of course our homes have dropped in value."
Cottsway Housing Association, the company responsible for the project, was unavailable for comment yesterday. However, borough council planning officers, when approving the proposals, insisted that neighbours' amenity would not be unacceptably harmed.
Markey Group, which is doing the building work, said any damage to residents' fences would be repaired before the project came to an end in May.