When Mux and I decided it was time to buld a house, we couldn't at first make up our minds on the location. Idealistically, we wanted MQ, but that was waaaay over our budget. In the end, we decided on Boshar /Ghubra ( I don't know where one ends and the other begins). We were taken to see many plots but in the end we loved one particular area and decided to buy the plot on the spot.
We bought the plot last year, and are just starting to build now. So whats the problem you might ask. The problem is, from the time we bought the land to this day, I have lost count of the number of 2 or 3 story apartment buildings that have come up in the vicinity of our future house. They are awful! And they are everywhere.
I have nothing against apartment buildings in general. I do however have something against an apartment building sticking out between two regular houses. I also have a problem with opening my window and having my view obstructed with a miniature building. Why does the Ministry of Housing allow this? If this is a neighborhood for villas, it should remain for villas. If higher buildings are to be allowed, then perhaps they should be on the outskirts of the area or on the sides.I'm no landscape expert, but I know something that looks wrong when I see it. And this sure aint right.
Its the same thing when your neighbor decides to rent his villa to someone who wants to use it to house a tailor shop for example. The area infront/behind/ and next to your house turns into a parking lot for his/her customers. What happens next? Your neighbors on the other side decide that they would benefit as well from renting out their house to some other business. So what do you do? You either put up with all the new " added life" in your neighborhood, or you go with the flow and rent out your house as well and move elsewhere. Its like being run out of your home. There should be regulations for this as well.
I think there should be more stringent laws on whats allowed where.
I know that recently a law came out regarding my first complaint in this topic, but I can't remember the specifics (Mux can write about it in his reply :) ) But I remember I wasn't too happy with it.
When I think of all the money we are going to spend on our house, and then think of the two empty plots next to us, I have nightmares thinking of what might be built there...