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London's narrowest house to be destroyed after owner loses appeal

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government

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The owner of a property that suddenly appeared on a London street has lost his appeal against an order to remove it.

The property, at 105 Manor Road, Leyton, was erected by Mohammed Akhlaq in May last year, who squeezed it between a gap in a row of terraced housing.

However, the strange home didn't sit well with Waltham Forest Council, which acted swiftly to have the largely plywood construction destroyed.

Council enforcement officers 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 a bathroom, kitchen and internal portioning.

The enforcement notice also 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.

Last month the PI 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 notice.

The PI also made an award of the council’s costs as in his view the appellants had unreasonably sought to appeal the enforcement notice.

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