Residents living next to extension to feature in Neighbour Disputes

Long-running neighbourly dispute to feature in TV documentary

Tariq Ahmed with Helen Coughlan outside their houses

Helen Coughlan

Helen Coughlan in her kitchen

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Neighbours at war over an over-sized extention will feature in a new TV series.

The six-part series called Neighbour Disputes, commissioned by production company Flame TV for Channel 5, is due to be aired next month.

Mother-of-two Helen Coughlan, 52, of Highfield Road in Woodford Bridge, has been in a long-running dispute with her next door neighbour Tariq Ahmed after he built an extension less than a yard from her window.

Mr Ahmed was given planning permission by Redbridge Council in November 2010 to build a two-story extension.

Mrs Coughlan has been infuriated with her neighbour since he strayed from the original permission and increased the size of the extension - blocking most of her natural light.

A spokeswoman for Flame TV said: "Helen got in touch with us after seeing our advert. In relation to Helen's story, building works is always sujbect to contention and the neighbours were keen to get involved."

It is understood Mr Ahmed pulled out of speaking on the programme due to be aired at 9pm on March 27.

Mrs Coughlan said: "Hopefully this programme will highlight the problems associated with planning law and regulations.

"There is not enough responsibility within planning or accountability on the property owners".

In December 2012 Mr Ahmed agreed to an out of court settlement of £40,000, which he pays to Mrs Coughlan in monthly installments.

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