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Flat owners lose case and told by Tate Modern: ‘Draw the blinds’

RESIDENTS of flats overlooked by Tate Modern were left “extremely disappointed” yesterday after losing a High Court privacy battle with the art gallery.

The owners of four flats in the Neo Bankside development on London’s South Bank took legal action in a bid to stop “hundreds of thousands of visitors” looking into their homes from the Tate’s viewing platform.

However the board of trustees of the Tate Gallery said the platform provides “a unique, free, 360-degree view of London” and argued that the claimants could simply “draw the blinds.”

Dismissing their claim, 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.”

In a statement after the ruling, a solicitor for the residents said they were considering an appeal against the decision.

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