If you're planning to refurbish your mews home be sure you first outline your plans with your neighbours and get a nod of approval.

In addition to fostering good will, it ensures you remain on good terms with them and your local council. Plus it saves you spending money on court cases filed by irate neighbours. 

Take for instance the case of Ms. Lisle-Mainwaring. After six planning applications, she succeeded in getting approval to utilize her Kensington mews as a residence and add a 'super' basement to house a swimming pool. 

This approval was short-lived as her neighbour complained she hadn't discussed her plans properly with him. Angered at having the hard-won approval quashed, she painted her period mews in stripes.

In the ensuing legal battle with the local council, Ms Mainwaring opted to tear down her mews house, only to find she needed a party wall agreement from her adjoining neighbours before completely levelling her building.

By popping over to your neighbour's mews for a friendly chat to share your alteration plans, you can avoid a similar predicament and considerable legal expense.

If your London mews is in a conservation area and you're wondering what changes your neighbour and local council are most likely to approve of, let us know. Our 43 years' expertise with mews homes puts us in a good position to offer insight.