Developer told to demolish flats after outrageous flouting of the planning laws

28 Feb 17

A developer has been told to demolish a 12-flat development in south-west London after his 'outrageous flouting of the planning laws'.

 

A statement from the London Borough of Wandsworth said that the developer, who has not been named, was given permission in 2008 to build 12 flats on a plot of land in Garratt Lane in Earlsfield.

The council said that the consent allowed him to build nine one bedroom flats and three with two bedrooms, but he went on to build eight two bedroom flats and four one bed flats by using the basement to provide two of the properties.

"This would never have been permitted because this part of Garratt Lane is liable to flooding, and on two unfortunate occasions the tenants in these basement units have been hit by floods", the council said.

In addition, the council said, the basement flats have "little or no natural light", most flats are "too small and have sub-standard amenity space", the completed building "looks nothing like the approved drawings" materials used in the construction also "did not comply with those that were approved".

As council said that its enforcement action requires the developer "to undo all of the elements of his scheme that do not have permission – which will essentially require him to demolish the entire building and start again".

Planning chairman Sarah McDermott said: "This is a shocking case of a property developer who clearly thought he could get away with totally ignoring planning rules.

"It is difficult to recall a more outrageous flouting of the planning laws and for doing so I’m afraid he must remove what is there and replace it with a new building that conforms to design standards and provides the people living there with proper facilities and appropriate living space."

The enforcement notice requires all the necessary remedial works to be completed before October.

Source: Planning Magazine

A developer has been told to demolish a 12-flat development in south-west London after his 'outrageous flouting of the planning laws'.

 

A statement from the London Borough of Wandsworth said that the developer, who has not been named, was given permission in 2008 to build 12 flats on a plot of land in Garratt Lane in Earlsfield.

The council said that the consent allowed him to build nine one bedroom flats and three with two bedrooms, but he went on to build eight two bedroom flats and four one bed flats by using the basement to provide two of the properties.

"This would never have been permitted because this part of Garratt Lane is liable to flooding, and on two unfortunate occasions the tenants in these basement units have been hit by floods", the council said.

In addition, the council said, the basement flats have "little or no natural light", most flats are "too small and have sub-standard amenity space", the completed building "looks nothing like the approved drawings" materials used in the construction also "did not comply with those that were approved".

As council said that its enforcement action requires the developer "to undo all of the elements of his scheme that do not have permission – which will essentially require him to demolish the entire building and start again".

Planning chairman Sarah McDermott said: "This is a shocking case of a property developer who clearly thought he could get away with totally ignoring planning rules.

"It is difficult to recall a more outrageous flouting of the planning laws and for doing so I’m afraid he must remove what is there and replace it with a new building that conforms to design standards and provides the people living there with proper facilities and appropriate living space."

The enforcement notice requires all the necessary remedial works to be completed before October. Do not take chances with works which are in breach of planning. This is our message to you.

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