As reported on DIVA's sister publication PinkPaper.com in April,
Samantha Jones and partner Rachel Lovegrove won a court ruling last
year which said they had been subjected to a "campaign of
harassment" by developer Liam Ruth.
Originally, they were awarded £96,800 for both the stress it
caused and the structural damage done to their home in Semilong,
This consisted - in part - of £6,000 for harassment, £30,000 for
nuisance and £12,950 for repairs, plus £350 for additional
But, Jones took her case to the Court of Appeal claiming the
payout was insufficient.
According to the Northampton Chronicle, Appeal Court judges
today upped the total payout to £210,550 after ruling Jones was
also due compensation for "personal injuries", including anxiety
and depression-induced back pain.
According to court records, Jones and Lovegrove suffered
constant noise and pollution from the building site, as well as the
burning of "noxious" materials and scaffolding which compromised
The payout includes £6,000 for harassment, £30,000 for nuisance,
£12,950 for repairs to No 105, and an award of £350 to Miss
Lovegrove because she had to move her yoga classes to another