Council chiefs have apologised to residents of an Aberdeen street surrounded by massive mounds of earth for not providing adequate information ahead of the development.
People living in the picturesque Forrit Brae in Bucksburn have watched in horror as their homes have been surrounded by the six-feet plus mounds leading to fears for privacy and sunlight.
They claim they had “no idea” of the elevations due to the original planning application not containing key details.
A letter from the city council has since been sent to some residents apologising that original planning documents for the 100-home scheme by housebuilder Bancon were not clear enough and vowed to learn lessons.
However angry residents said had they known about the scale of the mounds they would have complained en-mass meaning the development would have had to be scrutinised by the planning committee.
Some residents have since met representatives of the firm who have vowed to try and work to find a solution.
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Last night a spokeswoman for the authority said she understood residents concerns and insisted that they were working to find a solution.
And a Bancon spokesman said the development would continue but they were considering “changes”.
Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald met residents on the street yesterday and said he would try and convene a meeting between the council, firm and local residents.
One new building has been built directly behind the home of Alec Murray.
He said: “They will be looking right into us. I just think the whole situation is ridiculous.”
Katharina Will said the work often started early in the morning and lasted all day.
She said: “These new homes will be looking directly into our back garden. It’s an assault on our privacy.
“We are not against development, I would love for there to be more children for my son to play with. We just want our privacy.”
Mr McDonald said: “I have written to the council and they have confirmed that the initial drawings that were approved for the development did not demonstrate the elevations the residents are now experiencing.
“It’s now about trying to find a way to get further mitigation that will benefit residents of Forrit Brae.”