Decision due on ‘wine bar’ HMO in Woodford Green

The former care home in Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green, which could be turned into an HMO. Picture

The former care home in Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green, which could be turned into an HMO. Picture: Google - Credit: Google

Neighbours are outraged that a former care home could be turned into an “extremely detrimental” 18 person house of multiple occupancy (HMO).

Owner Dr Asif Khan had a change of use application rejected in January for the building in Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green.

Redbridge Council’s planning department turned him down due to “noise and disturbance ... insufficient provision for parking spaces”, and failure to promote sustainable transport.

But Dr Khan appealed the decision with the regulatory committee last night, saying he did not receive any responses to emails or phone calls from the council.

He argues in his appeal: “Some of the reasons given by the planning authority could have been easily addressed if they had engaged with the applicant and his agent but at no time did they return or make contact with us.”

Eight neighbours have submitted representations against the application to turn the building into an HMO.

Sharon Goksaran claimed Mr Khan had already moved several tenants in.

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She said they smoke and drink late into the night directly beneath her 13-year-old daughter’s window, adding: “It is like living next to a wine bar or a small club.”

Despite this Cllr Linda Huggett (Con, Monkhams) said her ward did not have a big problem with HMOs.

“It depends how they are run, if it is run like rabbit style accommodation people would object,” she said.

“At the moment we do not have that many HMOs in Woodford Green.”

The decision will be updated later today.

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