Amenity objections block shisha lounge marquee

An enforcement notice requiring the removal of a marquee and a portable building behind a property in east London has been upheld after an inspector found that they harm the area's character and appearance.

The council had received complaints that the marquee was used by large numbers of people as a lounge for smoking shisha pipes. The appellant said the structures allowed family and friends to meet while playing pool and watching films. He was trying to keep people off the streets and give his community something to do, he explained.

The inspector held that the marquee and portable building were large, unattractive and dominant structures that were out of place in the area. The appellant's description of the site's use did not tally with that presented by the council and affected residents, he noted, but he saw no reason to think that the objectors were mistaken.

Inspector: Tim Belcher; Written representations.

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