A Birmingham widow blighted by a massive school development yards from her home has been dealt another blow after the city council gave the go-ahead to an extension to the building.
Pamela Burbery, aged 76, told two months ago how her life had been ruined by the construction of the New Waverley School behind her home in Yardley Green Road, Bordesley Green.
Unable to sell up because of the new building, she called on Birmingham City Council to buy her home and end her nightmare.
But instead, council planners have granted permission for a 200-place sixth form to be built on the site in addition to the 1,500-pupil school already under construction.
Deborah Carpenter, Pamela’s daughter, said the family were furious with the latest development. She said: “We’re just nothing to the council.
"It’s a joke how people can be treated like this.
“They just sit there shrugging their shoulders.”
When complete, Pamela will have hundreds of windows overlooking her back garden while the building itself dwarfs the view from her windows.
Her husband Ray battled the plans for three years before his death in February and predicted the school would make their lives a misery.
And Deborah said her dad’s predictions had come to pass.
“It’s absolutely disgusting what can be done to a 76-year-old woman,” she said.
“The council should have compulsory purchased mum’s house.”
Council bosses have maintained that the plans were passed after consultation with residents.
A planning report to members recommended approval of the new sixth form on the grounds that it was far enough away from houses and would not result in extra traffic.
The school is due to open in 2013.