One of the country’s narrowest houses is nearly finished – after being built in a gap just 14ft wide.
The property in Northenden, Manchester, has been built from the inside out in the gap between two terraced houses. It is not yet known if the house will be rented out or sold when it is finished.
Neighbours in Allanson Road, fought against the development when plans first went before the council five years ago, branding it ‘daft’.
The walls of the house are just four inches away from those on either side – leaving people concerned over how work could be carried out if there was a problem in future.
Camilla Cooper, 27, who lives in one of the houses next door, said: “My mum bought this house as a semi detached, now it really isn’t.
“When they were doing the building work the noise would start at 6am.
“We have a window on the side of the house which is completely useless now and can’t be cleaned. I think the house is awful, I hate it.” Another neighbour who did not want to be named, said: “It’s only a small house but it will add to the parking problems we already have on this road.
“It’s even worse for the people living either side of it.”
But Cyril Barnett, 72, who lives opposite the house, said: “There’s not much I can do about it now. It could be in the same brick as the houses either side but it’s nice enough as houses go.”
The house’s developer, Peter Hunter, was not available for comment.
Last year he said he believed the three-bedroom house would make ‘a nice family home’.
When plans for the house were first submitted it was believed to be the narrowest in Britain.
But that accolade was stolen when permission was granted soon afterwards to build a house just 9ft wide in Suffolk.