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Planning loophole leaves residents powerless to stop six-bedroom house conversion

08:53 09 January 2013

The property in Woodstock gardens is being developed for rental use.

The property in Woodstock gardens is being developed for rental use.

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Residents in Goodmayes have been left shocked by a planning loophole that allows properties to be converted into multiple bedsits without consultation.

Redbridge Council refused permission for a house in Woodstock Gardens, Goodmayes, to be converted with 10 rooms to let earlier this year.

More than 100 residents wrote to the council over the application but now a six-bedroom conversion is going ahead without consultation.

Only a Certificate of Lawful Development is required because the flats will not be self-contained and are below the number that need permission.

Goodmayes Residents’ Association chairman Keith Stanbury said the development would “change” the character of the quiet residential street.

He added: “I believe it will give us a transient situation.

“People living in short-term occupancies won’t be as interested in being involved in and improving the local community.

“In principle, we believe that family homes in Goodmayes should not be converted into multiple flats.”

Refusing the application for the 10-bed conversion, a report said the “inappropriate” change could give rise to “increased activity, noise and general disturbance” as well as parking problems.

Planning officers will be inspecting the house every three months for the first year to ensure residents comply with regulations.

The owner of the property declined to comment.

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