Planning regs used to clampdown on residential brothels
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal
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Newham Council is using planning regulations to launch raids on homes suspected of being used as brothels.
Police and planning officers hit eight properties last week as part of Operation Miami.
One of the properties raided led to the landlord being handed an enforcement notice.
Operation Miami has seen 37 brothels shut down over the last 10 months. Officers do no require a warrant and use planning law to charge landlords with failing to comply with an enforcement notice.
Cllr Ian Corbett, the council’s executive member for infrastructure and environment, said: “The existence of brothels within residential areas is not new to London and is not solely a Newham issue. However, we are one of the first local authorities to use our planning powers to tackle it.”