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High Court rejects Tate Modern neighbours’ privacy challenge

Words: Huw Morris
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The High Court has thrown out a challenge by residents of luxury flats overlooked by Tate Modern who tried to block visitors looking into their homes from the gallery’s viewing platform.

Mr Justice Mann rejected the claims by residents of flats in the Neo Bankside development on London’s South Bank and said they had “created their own sensitivity” by buying apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows. He told them to protect their privacy with “net curtains” or lower their blinds.

The flat owners launched the action against the Tate’s board of trustees demanding part of the open-air viewing gallery to be either cordoned off or screened to provide greater privacy. The gallery’s board of trustees said the viewing platform provides “a unique, free, 360-degree view of London”.

Mr Justice Mann said: “These properties are impressive and no doubt there are great advantages to be enjoyed in such extensive glassed views but that in effect comes at a price in terms of privacy.”

He rejected the claim for privacy and nuisance, and dismissed an application for permission to appeal against the ruling.

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