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Council wins appeal against removal of London’s narrowest house

The owner of the infamous property that shot up in a residential street in Leyton that was dubbed by the national press as ‘London’s narrowest house’ has lost his appeal against Waltham Forest Council’s decision to enforce the removal of the structure.

The property, at 105 Manor Road, Leyton, E10, was erected by owner Mohammed Akhlaq, 53, of Zim Properties, 733 High Road Leytonstone, E11. The property that was squeezed between a gap in a row of terraced housing was constructed largely from plywood, replacing a garage in early May last year.

Enforcement officers from the Council served a temporary stop notice to cease the works to convert the garage to a self-contained dwelling. This was followed up by a full stop notice and enforcement notice requiring the owner to remove all the self-containment works including the bathroom, kitchen and internal portioning. In addition the enforcement notice required the owner to restore the garage to its original condition before the unauthorised works were carried out.

Mr Akhlaq appealed against service of the enforcement notice in June 2013 and the matter was referred to the national Planning Inspectorate. On 28 April 2014 they dismissed the appeal and upheld the Council’s enforcement notice in full. The owner now has three months to carry out the works specified in the enforcement notice.

The Planning Inspector also made an award of the Council’s costs – amount to be decided – as in his view the appellants had unreasonably sought to appeal the enforcement notice on a number of grounds, without providing arguments and evidence for those grounds.

PHOTO: The property, at 105 Manor Road, Leyton, dubbed ‘London’s narrowest house’

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