Tennentslager

Flats with no windows under PD

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8 minutes ago, Tennentslager said:

Who the (expletive deleted) would live in a house like this...in England by golly!

https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/17776352.tiny-flats-no-windows-get-green-light-watford-appeal/

So they have PP.

 

How are they going to get that past building control with no means of escape?

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That is going nowhere.

 

It will fail Building Regs, and there is yonks of rental regulation that will stop it on Complaint to EH .... starting with category one hazards under the HHSRS, such as ventilation and fire escapes.

 

That is unless he does it to an acceptable standard.

 

Suspect it is part of a Planning Strategy to redevelop, and by doing change of use early under PD he gets to make it residential with no objections. Perhaps they will deem it to be 15 Band A units in as short a time as possible.

 

The article is rather unfortunately incomplete in its assessment imo.

 

Speculating, embarrassment of the Commercial to Residential PR law may be the target, which is unfortunate as it enabled a lot of good conversions as well as some bad ones.

 

F

 

 

Edited by Ferdinand

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Cynical exploitation of housing benefit. Utter scum, a literal people farmer.

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I agree with @Ferdinand, this is an application that is only intended to prove the principle of allowing this land to be used for dwellings.  There's no way dwellings would get BR approval without ventilation and means of escape from fire, but once the land has approval for residential use (which it now does) the owner is free to submit an application for a more sensible/profitable development.

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This is the Appeal Decision and the Officer Report.

 

The Council are a bit hamstring in that they cannot apply the National Space Standards without an up to date local plan (which is silly by the Govt), and that they are relying on very recent caselaw.

 

The site has quite the spectacular Planning History.

 

18_01306_OPD-OFFICER_REPORT-716608.pdf

 

3220904 appeal decision.pdf

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