We were engaged by the neighbour of a private school in an exclusive part of London to investigate the development of leisure and sporting facilities right next to their house on land that had previously been kept as a screen of woodland. These had been installed without permission, the school attempting to ‘slip in’ the facilities under the cover of another permission nearby. Having investigated the recent history of permissions we are able to find a technicality that proved this equipment did not have consent, and that the local council had incorrectly concluded that no action could be taken. Reluctant to admit this error we were forced to seek scrutiny of the process from local elected ward members, which did produce a new planning application and a chance for the key issues to be aired properly. This was subsequently refused, leading to significant improvement to our client’s amenity and comfort in their own home.