Wednesday 11 December 2019

'Narrowest house' loses plans bid

The six foot wide narrow wooden house was built without planning permission in Leyton, London
The six foot wide narrow wooden house was built without planning permission in Leyton, London

A house dubbed the capital's narrowest must be returned to its original use as a garage, a planning inspector has ruled.

Ian Currie said the two storey flat roofed building, finished in wood, was "singularly out of place" and "wholly unsatisfactory".

He dismissed an appeal against an enforcement notice issued by Waltham Forest Council against the six-foot wide development in Manor Road, Leyton, east London.

Mr Currie said the building was in a wholly residential area, and was sandwiched between brick terrace houses with pitched roofs to its north and south and dating from the late nineteenth century.

He said: "I do not consider that the structure erected alongside 105 Manor Road is of a high standard of design, as required ... It is much narrower than the terrace houses it adjoins, giving it a pinched appearance, it is finished in wood rather than brick and it has flat roof, unlike its neighbours with their pitched roofs.

"Overall, it looks singularly out of place, in an area that has maintained its late nineteenth/early twentieth century character remarkably intact, and I conclude that the design of the structure is wholly unsatisfactory."

He dismissed an appeal by Akhlaq Mohammed against the enforcement notice, which says the change of use for the building is without planning permission.

The notice requires the property to be restored to its original use as a domestic garage/workshop within three months.

The inspector added: "Although the unauthorised works carried out were considerable, they seem to have been implemented within a comparatively short space of time. As there is nobody currently living on the premises, there seems no sound reason why the building cannot be restored to its previous condition equally quickly. Three months should, in my experience, be sufficient, at a time of the year noted for lengthening daylight and warmer weather, for the requirements of the enforcement notice to be complied with."

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