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London borough takes landmark action to rip down 'bed in shed' eyesore

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

London borough takes landmark action to rip down 'bed in shed' eyesore London borough takes landmark action to rip down 'bed in shed' eyesore

Hillingdon Council is taking landmark action by demolishing an illegal outbuilding after the owner failed to heed repeated warnings.

The council’s Beds in Sheds team fenced off the area and gained entry to the building in Pole Hill Road, Hayes, on Monday morning, after an ongoing planning row with the owner, Syed Hussain. The demolition works have continued this week.

The eyesore had originally started out as a one-storey garage and was then turned into two-storeys, making it a visually dominant building that was out of keeping with the area. Once council officers gained entry on Monday morning they discovered the building had already been fitted with a kitchen and appliances, showing all the signs of becoming a lived-in property, or ‘bed in shed’.

This is the first time the council has had to take direct action against an outbuilding like this and complete the demolition works itself. It will seek to recoup all costs incurred from the owner. The council has however previously taken action to demolish an unlawful extension.

A planning inspector has already dismissed an earlier appeal by Mr Hussain against a council enforcement notice to demolish the building, and two applications to judicially review the appeal decision at the High Court were refused. Mr Hussain was left to pay the legal costs.

Councillor Keith Burrows, Hillingdon's Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “This building is an absolute eyesore and we have received a number of complaints about it from residents so I am pleased to see this matter finally being resolved.

“We tried to reason with Mr Hussain and gave him plenty of opportunity to demolish the building himself but have taken the decision to intervene and do the work ourselves, at the cost of Mr Hussain.”

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