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Luxury flat owners lose privacy battle with Tate

In plain sight: View into the flats PICTURES: REX/ALAMY

RESIDENTS of multi-million pound flats next to Tate Modern have lost a battle to stop ‘hundreds of thousands of visitors’ seeing into their homes from the gallery’s viewing platform.

The High Court heard some people use ‘binoculars and zoom lenses’ to look into the apartments in London .

So close: The platform is located at the top left of the Tate building (right) next to the glass flats

Resident Lindsay Urquhart said: ‘It breaks my heart to think that on the rare occasion that I have forgotten to draw the blinds, and my daughter has been in the kitchen or living room, that people have been able to film and photograph my little girl in her own home and to upload the images on to the internet for anyone to see.’

Visitors: On the Tate’s viewing platform

But a judge yesterday dismissed the claim brought by four residents of the Neo Bankside development on the South Bank, where a flat is currently on sale for £3.6million.

Mr Justice Mann said the ‘complete (or largely complete) view that one has of the living accommodation’ was ‘because of the complete glass walls’ of the flats. Residents ‘could lower their solar blinds’ or ‘install privacy film (or) net curtains,’ he said. A solicitor for the residents said they were ‘extremely disappointed’ with the ruling and were considering an appeal.