Christmas Eve 2013 and it’s all quiet on the site for the start of the holiday season. We wanted to express our gratitude to our neighbours for their patience during this project. It was fun creating the sign with a neighbour’s daughter and her friend who enthusiastically jumped into the paints!
From the start of this project, we appreciated how disruptive other people’s building works can feel, particularly in this peaceful area of Lewes. Out of respect for our fellow neighbours, and to ensure continued good relations in the area, we aim to keep open the lines of communication. With this in mind, we held informal meetings with each of the neighbours to discuss anything important and to hear their concerns. One neighbour, for example, felt strongly that a tree on our site should be preserved because it was home to nesting blue-tits. These and other concerns influenced our decisions during the planning process.
We’ve found the easiest way is to give our neighbours advance notice of what’s happening on site and when. Because of the one-way access up a steep narrow road, for example, we felt it was helpful for everyone to know the traffic schedule for trucks, diggers or lorries in order to avoid any surprises.