Couple’s dream new home becomes nightmare after ‘noisy’ bar moves in downstairs


A couple claim they were force to move out of their dream new home after a bar expanded – causing “unbearable” noise.

Sophie Hull, 33, said she and husband Phil, 32, had to live with family temporarily after they struggled to sleep in their flat.

Sophie said she had purchased the new-build apartment in Hull in 2015 for £85,000 when the commercial property beneath it was an estate agents.

But after that business moved out The Village Green Cafe Bar next door expanded its premises in 2018 and moved into the empty space underneath Sophie’s place, reports Hull Live.

According to the bar’s planning application, the works were approved by Hull City Council two years after Sophie moved in following a local consultation.

Sophie said that, since the bar’s move, the supermarket workers’ lives have been blighted by the incessant noise of a fan whirring underneath their bedroom, as well as other disruption from the bar.

“When we bought it I thought it would stay like that,” she said.

“Then we knew Beercocks had moved out because it was just an empty shell, but then building work started one morning and we just thought, ‘This doesn’t look good’.”

Sophie and Phil, who both work at Aldi, also applied for a mortgage redemption in October last year and have criticised the lacklustre efforts of the Government’s Help To Buy scheme, which Sophie used to help buy the home with a £17,000 loan, in helping to repay the money.

Sophie said she is now in arrears with repayments for the scheme after the five-year interest-free threshold was passed in March.

However, a recent valuation of the property showed it had dropped to £50,000 in just over three years.

“We were really shocked, you don’t expect to lose £35,000 in three years on a brand new apartment,” she said.

“We’re just not getting anywhere and it’s so stressful.

“And then we even had to move in with family temporarily because we couldn’t bear to be in the flat.”

Notices telling residents about the plans to expand the bar were put up nearby, but Sophie said she and Phil had not seen them and therefore did not raise the issue before it happened.

The bar’s planning application was approved in 2017, according to council documents.

Sophie said the problems had been particularly bad with the bar, which closes at 11pm each night, when she had to spend eight months off work with a prolapsed disc in her back in 2018.

“I’ve been through years of hell,” she said.

“My medication put me into a severe depression, I was in a really bad way and this flat nearly finished me off.

“All I could do was sleep because of these meds and I couldn’t even do that.”

Now they are hoping to rent out the flat or even sell it to raise funds for a new place, but they are stuck because of the ongoing issues with the Help To Buy loan.

They had even signed on for one of the homes in the Keepmoat Kingsfield Park development in Kingswood, but had to drop out.

“We’re just stuck – we can’t sell it because of the mortgage and we can’t rent it because of the Help To Buy loan,” she said.

“We can’t live, we can’t sleep, we can’t enjoy ourselves.”

A Homes England spokeswoman said all complaints about the Help To Buy scheme are “fairly and fully investigated”.

She said: “We do not comment on individual cases, but all Help to Buy: Equity Loan complaints are fairly and fully investigated.”

Mirror Online has contacted The Village Green Cafe Bar for comment.


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