In one case he wanted to split two flats into four by building an extension, but the government’s planning inspector ruled three of them were significantly smaller than minimum space standards, would be “cramped” and would fail to provide acceptable living conditions. In another case, it emerged that Panayi did not want to provide a £50,000 payment towards affordable housing, as demanded by the borough.
Someone is converting large houses into flats–perhaps not up to standard. But the practice itself is obviously increasing the supply of housing units in the area assuming they’re held to standard. But the council gets to demand a £50k payment just because?
Better to blow up the system, no?
A London council’s fight against unfit rented housing has resulted in a single landlord being forced to submit 140 applications to prove his apartments are lawful accommodation.
Ninety-six of the 140 planning applications he has had to submit to prove his apartments are lawful have been successful and he has won 13 appeals against some of those that were refused.